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BUILDERS, by            
First Line: We built for us a fairy house
Last Line: With rare bright holidays.
Subject(s): Buildings & Builders

We built for us a fairy house
Of pretty stones and shells,
Of lapping waves on sandy shores,
The tang of woodsy smells,
The silver fleck on moonlit lake,
The splash of sunrise light,
The magic of a million stars
In mystic watch at night.

We tried to move our fairy house
From lake to city grim,
Where streets were crowded; noises, harsh;
And moon and stars were dim.
The fairy palace did not fit;
It crumbled at the touch,
Till we found nothing left but scraps
Of what we loved so much.

Now we have built a house again,
Foundations deep and strong,
A framework built of comradship
And work, austere and long,
Of sure, unselfish friendship
In countless silent ways
And trimmed our new-made castle fair
With rare bright holidays.

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