Tripping o'er the fairy green
To the chiming of the Canterbury Bells.
With a shimmer and a glimmer the stately queen arrives
She inspects the many flowers and the busy beehives
To the tinkling of the Canterbury Bells.
And now the Summer Queen is prepared to take her leave,
The spider a travelling dress has begun to weave
To the music of the Canterbury Bells.
Summer is leaving - O dear! O dear!
Hark! Hark! What is that we hear?
Oh! The tolling of the Canterbury Bells.
Copyright © Iris 1933 (aged 15)
Aeson, son of Arien, lived in Greece many, many years ago. His grandfather had given a pair of winged sandals to the "Wise Old Woman", and when Aeson was 15 he could go in search of them. With them you could fly faster than any bird, and appear invisible when you wished.
It was Aeson's fifteenth birthday and he had just parted from his father and mother. He journeyed till nightfall, when he came to a forest. He looked around for a tree to sleep in, when all of a sudden he heard a great roar. He pushed his way through the undergrowth until he saw a huge dragon encircled round a tree. Hanging on the tree was a bright new sword studded with gems. Aeson was determined to get this, but he looked doubtfully at the dragon. It was red and burning but Aeson saw one small patch of blue, which was cold. Drawing his sword he plunged it into the blue part. The dragon shivered, then became cold and lifeless. Aeson walked across it and took down the sword. Written upon the blade was "The Wishing Sword".
"I wish I were outside the Wise Old Woman's cave", he said.
Instantly he was. Going in he saw her sitting by the fire.
"So you have come for the sandals, lad?" she asked. "Here they are".
The Wise Woman then turned into a fairy and flew away. Aeson
put on the sandals and flew back home to his mother and father.
Copyright © Iris 1929 (aged 11)
To: The Summer Queen