Friday, November 13, 2009

Gustave Doré and a Thomas Hood poem

A little fairy comes at night,
Her eyes are blue, her hair is brown,
With silver spots upon her wings,
And from the moon she flutters down.

She has a little silver wand,
And when a good child goes to bed
She waves her wand from right to left,
And makes a circle round its head.

And then it dreams of pleasant things,
Of fountains filled with fairy fish,
And trees that bear delicious fruit,
And bow their branches at a wish;

Of arbors filled with dainty scents
From lovely flowers that never fade;
Bright flies that glitter in the sun,
And glow-worms shining in the shade.

And talking birds with gifted tongues,
For singing songs and telling tales,
And pretty dwarfs to show the way
Through fairy hills and fairy dales. ...

1. Fairy School, Queen Mab (France, c.1870)
Pencil heightened with white
Leicester Galleries and ArtMagick

2. Illustration for the poem, Queen Mab. (excerpt above)
Engraved by W. Ridgway.
From the 1870 first edition of Poems by Thomas Hood.
Published in London by Moxon, Son & Co.
The book included nine engravings by Gustave Doré.
More about Thomas Hood
And from Poets' Grave.

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