Louisa May Alcott

(29 November 1832 – 6 March 1888 / Pennsylvania / United States)

Fairy Song - Poem by Louisa May Alcott

The moonlight fades from flower and rose
And the stars dim one by one;
The tale is told, the song is sung,
And the Fairy feast is done.
The night-wind rocks the sleeping flowers,
And sings to them, soft and low.
The early birds erelong will wake:
'T is time for the Elves to go.

O'er the sleeping earth we silently pass,
Unseen by mortal eye,
And send sweet dreams, as we lightly float
Through the quiet moonlit sky;--
For the stars' soft eyes alone may see,
And the flowers alone may know,
The feasts we hold, the tales we tell;
So't is time for the Elves to go.

From bird, and blossom, and bee,
We learn the lessons they teach;
And seek, by kindly deeds, to win
A loving friend in each.
And though unseen on earth we dwell,
Sweet voices whisper low,
And gentle hearts most joyously greet
The Elves where'er they go.

When next we meet in the Fairy dell,
May the silver moon's soft light
Shine then on faces gay as now,
And Elfin hearts as light.
Now spread each wing, for the eastern sky
With sunlight soon shall glow.
The morning star shall light us home:
Farewell! for the Elves must go.

Comments about Fairy Song by Louisa May Alcott

  • Dawn Novus (9/20/2017 6:44:00 PM)

    Sing fairy song all the night long. (Report) Reply

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  • Aileen Figueroa (8/13/2015 10:38:00 PM)

    Wonderful! ! ! , I could see each character taking it's place. The flowers the night and the new day to come. Elves bouncing away with their secrets in till there were none. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (8/13/2015 12:55:00 PM)

    Lovely in every choice of word, lovely in every image. Lights up the imagination of adult as well as child. (Report) Reply

  • (8/13/2015 10:29:00 AM)

    What a wonderful poem! I must keep this one to read to my next little fawn, If I ever find her... (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (8/13/2015 10:22:00 AM)

    Superb Poem! ! ! ! I enjoyed it....... (Report) Reply

  • Kinyua Karanja (8/13/2015 6:34:00 AM)

    Nice poem with a mastery of imagery and symbolic language. (Report) Reply

  • Alpeshkumar Natubhai Makvana (8/13/2015 2:42:00 AM)

    A great piece of alliteral work. The earlier morning is distinctly dipicted. Having done the party, the elves make for home. meantime young nature and its infants nicely presented. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (8/13/2015 12:37:00 AM)

    A beautiful fairy tale written in romantic style in poetry is a great pleasure to read and enjoy! (Report) Reply

  • Nanthinii Mohan (8/13/2015 12:21:00 AM)

    Divine and a fairy tale indeed! ! ...... But I couldn't comprehend why the poet separates a 'flower' and a 'rose'... Does that mean the moon light begins to fade from flowers and end up with roses? or Is the writer elevating roses from other flowers? (Report) Reply

  • Emily Oldham (9/27/2008 11:15:00 AM)

    i love it! it sings and i can imagine it. great poem Louisa (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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