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Painting: Acrylic, Ink, Gesso, gold, Silverpoint on Canvas, Other.
While human-folk slumber,
The fairies espy
Stars without number
Sprinkling the sky.
The Winter's long sleeping,
Like night-time is done;
But day-stars are leaping
To welcome the sun.
Star-like they sprinkle
The wildwood with light; Countless they twinkle-
The Windflowers white!
Come to me and play with me,
I'm the babies flower,
Make a necklace gay with me,
Spend the whole long day with me,
Till the sunset hour.
I must say Good-night, you know,
Till tomorrow's playtime;
Close my petals tight, you know,
Shut the red and white, you know,
Sleeping till the daytime.
Here's the Dandelion's rhyme;
See my leaves with tooth-like edges;
Blow my clocks to tell the time;
See me flaunting by the hedges,
In the meadow, in the lane,
Gay and naughty in the garden;
Pull me up - I grow again,
Asking neither leave nor pardon.
Sillies, what are you about
With you spades and hoes of iron?
You can never drive me out -
Me, the dauntless Dandelion!
I'm everyone's darling; the blackbird and
starling Are shouting about me from
blossoming boughs' For I, the Lent Lily,
the Daffy-down-dilly, Have heard through
the country the call to arouse. The
orchards are ringing with voices a-singing
The praise of my petticoat, praise of my
gown; The children are playing, and hark!
They are saying
That Daffy-down-dilly is come up to town!
Crocus of yellow, new and gay;
Mauve and purple, in brave array;
Like a cup of light,-
Hundreds of them are smiling up,
Each with a flame in its shining cup,
By the touch of the warm and welcome
sun Opened suddenly, Spring's begun!
Dance then, fairies, for joy, and sing
The song of the coming again of Spring.
'Tis I whom children love the best;
My wealth is all for them;
For them is set each glossy cup
Upon each sturdy stem.
O little playmates whom I love!
The sky is summer-blue,
And meadows full of buttercups
Are spread abroad for you.
Cicely Mary Barker
Size: 35.4 W x 59.1 H x 1.6 in
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