Fairy Song

- By Louisa May Alcott
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Louisa May Alcott (/ˈɔːlkət, -kɒt/; November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet best known as the author of the novel Little Women (1868) and its sequels Little Men (1871) and Jo's Boys (1886).[1] Raised in New England by her transcendentalist parents, Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott, she grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.[2] Alcott's family suffered from financial difficulties, and while she worked to help support the family from an early age, she also sought an outlet in writing. She began to receive critical success for her writing in the 1860s. Early in her career, she sometimes used pen names such as A. M. Barnard, under which she wrote lurid short stories and sensation novels for adults that focused on passion and revenge.[3]

Fairy Song

    The moonlight fades from flower and tree,
    And the stars dim one by one;
    The tale is told, the song is sung,
    And the Fairy feast is done.
    The night-wind rocks the sleeping flowers,
    And sings to them, soft and low.
    The early birds erelong will wake:
    'T is time for the Elves to go.

    O'er the sleeping earth we silently pass,
    Unseen by mortal eye,
    And send sweet dreams, as we lightly float
    Through the quiet moonlit sky;--
    For the stars' soft eyes alone may see,
    And the flowers alone may know,
    The feasts we hold, the tales we tell:
    So 't is time for the Elves to go.

    From bird, and blossom, and bee,
    We learn the lessons they teach;
    And seek, by kindly deeds, to win
    A loving friend in each.
    And though unseen on earth we dwell,
    Sweet voices whisper low,
    And gentle hearts most joyously greet
    The Elves where'er they go.

    When next we meet in the Fairy dell,
    May the silver moon's soft light
    Shine then on faces gay as now,
    And Elfin hearts as light.
    Now spread each wing, for the eastern sky
    With sunlight soon will glow.
    The morning star shall light us home:
    Farewell! for the Elves must go.

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Word Lists:

Feast : a large meal, typically one in celebration of something

Joyous : full of happiness and joy

Blossom : a flower or a mass of flowers, especially on a tree or bush

Fade : gradually grow faint and disappear

Earth : the planet on which we live; the world

Dim : (of a light, color, or illuminated object) not shining brightly or clearly

Glow : give out steady light without flame


Additional Information:

Words: 341

Unique Words : 125

Sentences : 10

Reading Time : 1:30

Noun : 204

Conjunction : 25

Adverb : 12

Interjection : 1

Adjective : 23

Pronoun : 10

Verb : 29

Preposition : 15

Letter Count : 1,348

Sentiment : Positive

Tone : Neutral

Difficult Words : 37

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