take me out of this dull world,
for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance
upon the mountains like a flame.
- W.B. Yeats
When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.
- James M. Barrie
The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve;
Lovers, to bed; 'tis almost fairy time.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), A Midsummer Night's Dream, V, i, 372
Farewell, rewards and fairies,
Good housewives now may say.
- Richard Corbet (1582-1635), The Fairies Farewell, st. 1
I met a lady in the meads
Full beautiful, a faery's child;
Her hair was long, her foot was light,
And her eyes were wild.
- John Keats (1795-1821), La Belle Dame Sans Merci, st. 4
The Land of Faery,
Where nobody gets old and godly and grave,
Where nobody gets old and crafty and wise,
Where nobody gets old and bitter of tongue.
Land of Heart's Desire,
Where beauty has no ebb, decay no flood,
But joy is wisdom, time and endless song.
- William Butler Yeats(1865-1939), "The Land of Heart's Desire." from l, 48 and 73
There are fairies at the bottom of our garden!
- Rose Fyleman (1877-1957), The Fairies, st. 1
Do you believe in fairies? ... If you believe, clap your hands!
- Sir James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937), Peter Pan (1904), act IV