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… brighter, till in the middle of it he saw the Little Brown Lady — the Fairy of the Woods. But she was not smiling now. Her face was stern and sad, as she said: “I fear I set you over-high. I thought you better than the rest. Keep this in mind:

“Who reverence not the
lamp of life can never
see its light.”

Then she faded from his view, and he never saw the lamps again.

TALE 102

The Sweetest Sad Song in the Woods

Once a great American poet was asked which he thought was the sweetest voice in the woods. He said: “The sweetest sound in Nature is the calling of the Screech Owl.”

Sometimes, though rarely, it does screech, but the sound it most often makes is the soft mournful song that it sings in the woods at night, especially in the autumn nights.

It seems to be moaning a lament for the falling leaves, a sad good-bye to the dear dying summer.

Last autumn one sat above my head in the dark October woods, and put his Uttle soul into a song that seemed to be

Ohhhh! Ohhhh!
The leaves are falling:
Ohhhh! Ohhhh!
A sad voice calling;
Ohhhh! Ohhhh!
The Woodbirds flying;
Ohhhh! Ohhhh!
Sweet summer's dying,
Dying, Dying.

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