Wednesday, November 1


Now, which are you anxious to see—
A bogie, a sprite, or a gnome?
If a spectre should drop in to tea,
Would you like him to find us at home?
Or a mermaid with mirror and comb,
In her have you plenary faith?
Or a lemur of classical Rome,
Or a common respectable wraith?

-- Andrew Lang, from 'Ballade of a Choice of Ghosts'

Andrew Lang's Fairy Books