The Best Game the Fairies Play


The best game the fairies play,
The best game of all,
Is sliding down steeples —
(You know they’re very tall).
You fly to the weathercock,
And when you hear it crow
You fold your wings and clutch your things
And then let go! 

They have a million other games —
Cloud catching’s one,
And mud mixing after rain
is heaps and heaps of fun:
But when you go and stay with them
Never mind the rest,
Take my advice — they’re very nice,
But steeple-sliding’s best!

From Rose Fyleman’s “Fairies and Chimneys”
as quoted in The Horn Book, Aug. 1929, vol.5, no.3., p.21

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