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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
By Wilfrid Thorley (1878–1963)
THERE must be fairy miners
  Just underneath the mould,
Such wondrous quaint designers
  Who live in caves of gold.
They take the shining metals,        5
  And beat them into shreds;
And mould them into petals,
  To make the flowers’ heads.
Sometimes they melt the flowers,
  To tiny seeds like pearls,        10
And store them up in bowers
  For little boys and girls.
And still a tiny fan turns
  Above a forge of gold;
To keep with fairy lanterns,        15
  The world from growing old.

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