Fire-flies hung in bright clusters on the dewy leaves, that waved in the cool night-wind; and the flowers stood gazing, in very wonder, at the little Elves
, who lay among the fern-leaves, swung in the vine-boughs, sailed on the lake in lily cups, or danced on the mossy ground, to the music of the hare-bells, who rung out their merriest peal in honor of the night.
The thought pleased the good cobbler very much; and one evening, when all the things were ready, they laid them on the table, instead of the work that they used to cut out, and then went and hid themselves, to watch what the little elves
and fairies of the place are quite obliging.
"They are underground elves
, and that tunnel over there is full of them," she answered.
But so have I seen little Miriam and Martha, laughing-eyed elves
, heedlessly gambol around their old sire; sporting with the circle of singed locks which grew on the marge of that burnt-out crater of his brain.
Beside the lake The elves
are fluting, ting, ting, ting!
First entered a band of Ryls from the Happy Valley, all merry little sprites like fairy elves
. A dozen crooked Knooks followed from the great Forest of Burzee.
Britons believe yet that he is still in life And dwelleth in Avelon with the fairest of all elves
, And every Briton looketh still when Arthur shall return.
As for elves
and fairies, and other such mummery, I purposely omit the mention of them, as I should be very unwilling to confine within any bounds those surprizing imaginations, for whose vast capacity the limits of human nature are too narrow; whose works are to be considered as a new creation; and who have consequently just right to do what they will with their own.
Knights and ladies, elves
and pages, monks and flower girls, all mingled gaily in the dance.
But, being there, and having seen the boudoir so coquettishly decorated that it might almost be said the least particle of dust had but the moment before been removed by the servants; having observed the drawing-room, so perfectly arranged that it might almost be said her presence there had driven away the fairies who were its occupants, she asked herself if the glance or gaze of those whom she had displaced -- whether spirits, fairies, elves
, or human creatures -- had not already recognized her.
These are dingy, screeching elves
, their tiny faces seared and withered, their baby laughter cracked and hoarse.