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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
Winthrop Mackworth Praed. 1802–1839
  
660. Fairy Song
  
HE has conn'd the lesson now; 
  He has read the book of pain: 
There are furrows on his brow; 
  I must make it smooth again. 
 
Lo! I knock the spurs away;         5
  Lo! I loosen belt and brand; 
Hark! I hear the courser neigh 
  For his stall in Fairy-land. 
 
Bring the cap, and bring the vest; 
  Buckle on his sandal shoon;  10
Fetch his memory from the chest 
  In the treasury of the moon. 
 
I have taught him to be wise 
  For a little maiden's sake;— 
Lo! he opens his glad eyes,  15
  Softly, slowly: Minstrel, wake! 
 
 
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