Once Upon a Time

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The leading poem in Mary E. Wilkins Freeman's collection Once Upon a Time and Other Child-Verses, illustrated by Etheldred B. Barry, (1897). Other Freeman poems we feature: The Brownie's Xmas and The Christmas Ball. Bring on the fairies!
An illustration for the story Once Upon a Time by the author Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
An illustration for the story Once Upon a Time by the author Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
An illustration for the story Once Upon a Time by the author Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Once Upon a Time preface
ONCE UPON A TIME

NOW, once upon a time, a nest of fairies
Was in a meadow 'neath a wild rose-
tree;
And, once upon a time, the violets clustered
So thick around it one could scarcely see;
And, once upon a time, a troop of children
Came dancing by upon the flowery ground;
And, once upon a time, the nest of fairies,
With shouts of joy and wonderment they
found;
And, once upon a time, the fairies fluttered
On purple winglets, shimmering in the sun;
And, once upon a time, the nest forsaking,
They flew off thro' the violets, every one;
And, once upon a time, the children followed
With loud halloos along the meadow green;
And, once upon a time, the fairies vanished,
And never more could one of them be seen;
And, once upon a time, the children sought
them
For many a day, but fruitless was their quest,
For, once upon a time, amid the violets,
They only found the fairies' empty nest.
Once Upon a Time chasing fairies
THE SICK FAIRY

BREW some tea o' cowslips, make some
poppy-gruel,
Serve it in a buttercup—ah, 'tis very cruel,
That she is so ailing, pretty Violetta!
Locust, stop your violin, till she's feeling better.

Featured in our selection of Children's Poems.

If you enjoyed this first poem, you might also enjoy The Christmas Ball and The Brownie's Xmas.

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