For children's recitation
A FAIRY went to house-work, she folded up her wings,
She slithered down a sunbeam and dusted all the things,
The flies had left their footmarks upon the window-pane,
She took a baby dewdrop and wiped them clean again.
She set the flowers laughing, they were tickled through and through,
You'd really be astonished at the things the fairies do.
A fairy went a-shopping among the hills and dales
She took a taxi butterfly and bought at all the sales;
The silk-worms shewed her dress-lengths, she ordered rolls and rolls,
And boots for baby fairies with india-rubber soles,
And as for what she spent, my dear! she never gave a thought -
You wouldn't find at Woolworth's half the things the fairy bought.
A fairy went on tip-toe, oh long before the dawn
She flitted through the nursery when the nursery blinds were drawn,
And whispered to the babies of how the Dustman comes
To help them go to sleep again and not to wake their Mums.
And lots of other stories that are truer than they seem,
You'd love to go to sleep to learn the things the fairies dream.