Fyleman, Rose. "Fairies." Punch Lines: 150 Years of Humorous Writing in Punch. Ed. Amanda-Jane Doran. London: HarperCollins, 1991: 284.
1There are fairies at the bottom of our garden!
2 It's not so very, very far away;
3You pass the gardener's shed and you just keep straight ahead;
4 I do so hope they've really come to stay.
5There's a little wood, with moss in it and beetles,
6 And a little stream that quietly runs through;
7You wouldn't think they'd dare to come merrymaking there--
8 Well, they do.
9There are fairies at the bottom of our garden!
10 They often have a dance on summer nights;
11The butterflies and bees make a lovely little breeze,
12 And the rabbits stand about and hold the lights.
13Did you know that they could sit upon the moonbeams
14 And pick a little star to make a fan,
15And dance away up there in the middle of air?
16 Well, they can.
17There are fairies at the bottom of our garden!
18 You cannot think how beautiful they are;
19They all stand up and sing when the Fairy Queen and King
20 Come gently floating down upon their car.
21The King is very proud and very handsome;
22 The Queen--now can you guess who that could be
23(She's a little girl all day, but at night she steals away)?--
24 Well--it's ME!
Publication Start Year:
Punch Magazine, May 1917.
RPO poem Editors:
Ian Lancashire, assisted by Ana Berdinskikh