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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

A Song: for Music

By Thomas Hood (1799–1845)

A LAKE, and a fairy boat

To sail in the moonlight clear,—

And merrily we would float

From the dragons that watch us here!

Thy gown shall be snow-white silk,

And strings of orient pearls,

Like gossamers dipped in milk,

Should twine with thy raven curls!

Red rubies should deck thy hands,

And diamonds should be thy dower;

But fairies have broken their wands,

And wishing has lost its power!