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original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1833. Not
illustrated. Excerpt: ... ENGLAND. Of airy elves by moonlight
shadows seen, The silver token and the haunted green. Pope. Thk
Fairy Mythology of England divides itself into two branches, that
of the people and that of the poets. Under the former head will be
comprised the few scattered traditions we have been able to collect
respecting a system, the belief in which is usually thought to be
nearly extinct; the latter will contain a selection of passages,
treating of fairies and their exploits, from our principal poets.
The Fairies of England are evidently the Dwarfs of Germany and the
North, though they do not appear to have been ever so denominated.
Their appellation was Elves, subsequently Fairies; but there would
seem to have been formerly other terms expressive of them, of which
not a vestige is now remaining in the English language. They were,
like their northern kindred, divided into two classes: the rural
Elves, inhabiting the woods, fields, mountains, and caverns; and
the domestic or house-spirits, called Hobgoblins and Robin
Goodfellows. But the Thames, the Avon, and the other English
streams were never the abode of a Neck or Kelpie. For the earliest
account we have of the English Fairies we are indebted to the
Imperial Chancellor Gervase of Tilbury, who gives the following
particulars respecting the Fairy Mythology of England in the
thirteenth century. " There is," says he, " in the county of
Gloucester, a forest abounding in boars, stags, and every species
of game that England produces. In a grovy lawn of this forest there
is a little mount, rising in a point to the height of a man, on
which knights and other hunters are used to ascend when fatigued
with heat and thirst, to seek some relief for their wants. The
nature of the place, and of the business, is, however, suc...
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