The Rush-Grass and Cotton-Grass Fairies

Rush-grass and cotton-grass flower fairies

Safe across the moorland
Travellers may go,
If they heed our warning—
We’re the ones who know!

Let the footpath guide you—
You’ll be safely led;
There is bog beside you
Where you cannot tread!

Mind where you are going!
If you turn aside
Where you see us growing,
Trouble will betide.

Keep you to the path, then!
Hark to what we say!
Else, into the quagmire
You will surely stray.