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Robert Graves (1895–1985).  Fairies and Fusiliers.  1918.
 
28. I’d Love to be a Fairy’s Child
 
 
CHILDREN born of fairy stock
Never need for shirt or frock,
Never want for food or fire,
Always get their heart’s desire:
Jingle pockets full of gold,        5
Marry when they’re seven years old.
Every fairy child may keep
Two strong ponies and ten sheep;
All have houses, each his own,
Built of brick or granite stone;        10
They live on cherries, they run wild—
I’d love to be a Fairy’s child.
 

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