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FROM THE FRENCH MORÉAS

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                                                                                                “O petites fées .”

                                    O TINY fays with the long gold hair,
                                           You sang, as I slept, with a tender grace ;
                                    O tiny fays with the long gold hair,
                                           In a spell-bound forest, a charmèd place.

                                    In a forest enchanted with spells untold
                          Compassionate gnomes as I slept the while
                  Offer’d me gently a sceptre of gold,
                    A sceptre of gold as I slept the while.

         I know they are dreams and deceits of sleep
            The sceptres of gold and the forest songs ;
        Yet still like a credulous child I weep,
            And my heart for the rest of the woodland longs :
            And I care not now tho’ I know the songs
        Are only the dreams and deceits of sleep.

                                                                        GABRIEL GILLETT.


MLA citation:

Moréas, Jean. “O Petites Fées…” Translated by Gabriel Gillett. The Savoy vol. 5, September 1896, p. 28. Savoy Digital Edition, edited by Christopher Keep and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, 2018-2020. Yellow Nineties 2.0, Ryerson University Centre for Digital Humanities, 2019. https://1890s.ca/savoyv5-gillett-moreas/