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To the good Reader.
IF thou wouldst find what holiest men have sought-
THE FAIRIES OF THE CALDON-LOW. BU
ND where have you been,
from me ?” “ I have been to the top of the Caldon-Low,
The midsummer night to see." “ And what did you see, my Mary,
All up on the Caldon-Low ?” “ I saw the blithe sunshine come down,
And I saw the merry winds blow." “And what did you hear, my Mary,
All up on the Caldon-Hill?” “I heard the drops of the water made,
And the green corn ears to fill.” “Oh, tell me all, my Mary,—
All, all that ever you know ;
THE FAIRIES OF CALDON-LOW.
For you must have seen the fairies
Last night on the Caldon-Low.”
And listen, mother mine:
And the harpers they were nine.
And their dancing feet so small; But, oh, the sound of their talking
Was merrier far than all !
For some they played with the water,
And rolled it down the hill; * And this,' they said, “shall speedily turn
The poor old miller's mill.
Ever since the first of May;
By the dawning of the day.
When he sees the mill-dam rise!
Till the tears fill both his eyes !'
That sounded over the hill,
And blew so sharp and shrill : * And there,' said they, “ye merry winds go,
Away from every horn ;