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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

George Darley (1795–1846)

Song of the Fairy Peddler

LADY and gentleman fays, come buy!

No peddler has such a rich packet as I.

Who wants a gown,

Of purple fold,

Embroidered down

The seams with gold?

See here! A tulip richly laced

To please a royal fairy’s taste!

Who wants a cap

Of crimson grand?

By great good hap

I’ve one on hand;

Look, sir! A cock’s-comb, flowering red:

’Tis just the thing, sir, for your head!

Who wants a frock

Of vestal hue?

Or snowy smock?

Fair maid, do you?

O me! a lady’s smock so white,—

Your bosom’s self is not more bright.

Who wants to sport

A slender limb?

I’ve every sort

Of hose for him—

Both scarlet, striped, and yellow ones:

This woodbine makes such pantaloons!

Who wants (hush! hush!)

A box of paint?

’Twill give a blush

Yet leave no taint:

This rose with natural rouge is filled,

From its own dewy leaves distilled.

Then, lady and gentleman fays, come buy!

You never will meet such a merchant as I!