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      A fairy went a-marketing--
      She bought a little fish;
      She put it in a crystal bowl
      Upon a golden dish.
      An hour she sat in wonderment
      And then she gently took it up
      And slipped it in a stream.

      A fairy went a-marketing--
      She bought a colored bird;
      It sang the sweetest, shrillest song
      That ever she had heard.
      She sat beside its painted cage
      And listened half the day,
      And then she opened wide the door
      And let it fly away.

      A fairy went a-marketing--
      She bought a winter gown;
      All stitched about with gossamer
      And lined with thistledown.
      She wore it all afternoon
      With prancing and delight,
      Then gave it to a little frog
      To keep him warm at night.

      A fairy went a-marketing--
      She bought a gentle mouse;
      To take her tiny messages,
      To keep her tiny house.
      All day she kept its busy feet
      Pit-patting to and fro
      And then she kissed its silken ears
      Thanked it, and let it go.



      A tale from the Cottage in the Snow.




      A Fairy Went A-Marketing by Rose Fyleman

      2004 NorseLady~AMS~DM