I’d Love to be a Fairy’s Child


Author: Robert Graves, Fairies and Fusiliers, 1918.


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,

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;

They live on cherries, they run wild―

I’d love to be a fairy’s child.