Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE LITTLE ELF-MAN, by JOHN KENDRICK BANGS

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THE LITTLE ELF-MAN, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: I met a little elf-man once
Last Line: "as you are big for you."
Alternate Author Name(s): Hotair, Dopeton
Variant Title(s): The Little Elf
Subject(s): Fairies; Imagination; Elves; Fancy

I MET a little Elf-man, once,
Down where the lilies blow.
I asked him why he was so small
And why he didn't grow.

He slightly frowned, and with his eye
He looked me through and through.
"I'm quite as big for me," said he,
"As you are big for you."

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