Thursday, March 18, 2010

Changelings, Pixie and Fairies

Artist Unknown

Devonshire is above all other lands, the land of changeling boys and girls, and the pixies had a great deal to do with these transformations. I recollect hearing the history of one who had the gravity of an ancient woman from her very childhood, who talked as if she wore fifty years old, when she was only five. They called her "The Bee” and she” gathered honey every day." It must have been a portion of the ambrosia, and helped to furnish the metheglin of the pixie court. Certainly it must have been for one of those precocious little creatures, full of wit and wisdom, brains in their toes and in their fingers' ends, that the Fairy Queen expressed so strong an affection. Out of a "changeling” Shakespeare might have created an Arid to meet the pixies: —

On hill, in dale, in forest, or in mead,
By pav'd fountain, or by rushy brooks,
Or on the beached margent of the sea,
To dance their ringlets to the whistling wind.

The pixies were great explorers, familiar with the caves of the ocean, the hidden sources of the streams and the recesses of the land; but they had their favourite haunts for their routs and revellings; they had a hierarchy of rank ; and the subordinates had their tasks appointed to them by the superior authorities.

From: The Devonshire Pixies, Once a Week, February 23, 1867.

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