The Culprit Fay and Other Poems

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Author: Joseph Rodman Drake

XXVI.

The moth-fly, as he shot in air,
Crept under the leaf, and hid her there;
The katy-did forgot its lay,
The prowling gnat fled fast away,
The fell mosqueto checked his drone
And folded his wings till the Fay was gone,
And the wily beetle dropped his head,
And fell on the ground as if he were dead;
They crouched them close in the darksome shade,
They quaked all o’er with awe and fear,
For they had felt the blue-bent blade,
And writhed at the prick of the elfin spear;
Many a time on a summer’s night,
When the sky was clear and the moon was bright,
They had been roused from the haunted ground,
By the yelp and bay of the fairy hound;
They had heard the tiny bugle horn,
They had heard of twang of the maize-silk string,
When the vine-twig bows were tightly drawn,
And the nettle-shaft through the air was borne,
Feathered with down the hum-bird’s wing.
And now they deemed the courier ouphe,
Some hunter sprite of the elfin ground;
And they watched till they saw him mount the roof
That canopies the world around;
Then glad they left their covert lair,
And freaked about in the midnight air.

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Chicago: Joseph Rodman Drake, "XXVI.," The Culprit Fay and Other Poems in The Culprit Fay and Other Poems (New York: George E. Wood, 1850), Original Sources, accessed July 24, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CNN8SVYXEU729V3.

MLA: Drake, Joseph Rodman. "XXVI." The Culprit Fay and Other Poems, in The Culprit Fay and Other Poems, New York, George E. Wood, 1850, Original Sources. 24 Jul. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CNN8SVYXEU729V3.

Harvard: Drake, JR, 'XXVI.' in The Culprit Fay and Other Poems. cited in 1850, The Culprit Fay and Other Poems, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 24 July 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CNN8SVYXEU729V3.