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Faeries, Elves and Other Kin

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Copyright 2008 Howard David Johnson

Earth Faeries

Amidst the roots, mushrooms and stones

A gathering of undeniable elemental forces dwell

Governing the seasons and milieu

Presiding over the Faerie realm

Sylphs, Undines, Gnomes and Salamanders reign

Over the air, water, earth, and flame

Unseen but felt, permeating the being, absorbed like a sponge

Gathering their forces

Bringing forth the essence and color of the seasons

~Michele Burke, (2009)

Hymn of Pan

From the forests and the highlands

We come, We come;

From the river girt islands,

Where loud waves are dumb

Listening to my sweet piping’s

The wind in the reeds and the rushes

The bees on the bells of thyme,

The birds on the myrtle bushes,

The cicale above in the lime,

And lizards below in the grass,

Were as silent as ever old Tmolus was

Listening to my sweet piping’s

The Seleni, and Sylvans, and Fauns,

And the Nymphs of the woods and the waves,

To the edge of the moist river lawns.

And the brink of the dewy caves,

And all that did then attend and follow,

Were silent with love, as you now, Apollo,

With envy of my sweet piping’s.

I sang of the dancing stars,

I sang of the Daedal earth,

And of Heaven- and the giant wars,

And Love and Death, and Birth!

~ Percy Bysshe Shelly (1792-1822)


Bibliography and Works Cited

Shelly, P. B. (1792-1822). Hymn of Pan. Retrieved April 22, 2009, from http://faerymists.tripod.com/fypoetry/Shelley/Shelley.htm