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Fairy

of nursery mythology is the personification of Providence. The good ones are called fairies, elves, elle-folks, and fays; the evil ones are urchins, ouphes, ell-maids, and ell-women.

Fairies, black, grey, green, and white,

You moonshine revellers, and shades of night,

You ouphen-heirs of fixëd destiny,

Attend your office.”


Shakespeare: Merry Wives of Windsor, v. 5.

The dress of the fairies. They wear a red conical cap; a mantle of green cloth, inlaid with wild flowers; green pantaloons, buttoned with bobs of silk; and silver shoon. They carry quivers of adder-slough, and bows made of the ribs of a man buried where “three lairdsʹ lands meet;” their arrows are made of bog-reed, tipped with white flints, and dipped in the dew of hemlock; they ride on steeds whose hoofs would notdash the dew from the cup of a harebell.” (Cromek.)


Fairies small, two foot tall,

With caps red on their head.”


Dodsley’s Old Plays: Fuimus Troës, i. 5.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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