Diddily Dee Dot's Dreamland for Children Everywhere
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IF - From the book Fairies and Chimneys (1918, 12th edition)
by Rose Fyleman
If I were a bird with a dear little nest I should always be going for flights,
I'd fly to the North and the South and the West and all the wonderful sights.
I'd perch on the points of the very small spires, and race with the insects and bees,
And there would be parties on telegraph wires, and school at the top of the trees.
If I were a fairy and lived in a flower what fun, oh, what fun it would be !
I'm certain I never should sleep for an hour, and I'd always have honey for tea;
And never a stocking or shoe would I wear, Nor ever a hat on my head,
And no one would tell me to tidy my hair, and no one would send me to bed.
If I were a duchess in satin and pearls, I'd curtsey like this and like this;
I'd graciously smile at the lords and the earls, and give them my fingers to kiss.
And mother should dress all in silver and pink, and daddy in silver and green,
And off we should go in a coach, only think, To live with the King and the Queen !
Rose Amy Fyleman (1877-1957)
English writer and poet, noted for her works on the fairy folk, for