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A fairy sat deep in the heart of a rose | 26-Sep-05

"A fairy sat deep in the heart of a rose
And a tear trickled over the tip of her nose.
Oh me, oh my, she heaved a sigh,
My wing it is broken, no more can I fly"

A spider comes to the rescue and repairs the wing.

Poem recited by enquirer's mother. Possibly from 19th century.

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next verse is:

But the rose whispered softly'
"Here's a needle, so fine..
and our friend, Mr Spider, a thread will entwine.
If you sew, sew, sew, let your fingers go,
You will mend it so neatly it never will show
Pete Walton

my mum used to sing this to me when I wasn't well lots of good feelings when i think about it.
Claire Cook

My Nan used to sing this to me and I'd like to read the poem at her funeral. I can vaguely remember bits of the next, or last verse (or a bit of both?!);

So dear Mr spider.........?
And she stitched and she stitched on that long summer?s day
And she laughed ha ha and she sang tra la,
My wind it is mended so I?m off, ta ta!

Joanna Little

I think the last verse is:
So the wee little fairy her tear wiped away
and she stitched and she stitched till the end of the day
And she laughed ha ha, and she sang tra la la
Tis as good as when new, so I'm off, ta ta
victor quintana

I have the book of words and music. 'Pictures in Song' Edited and arranged by Robert McLeod (Moray House Edinburgh) Book 4 Page 8. Published by Bayley&Ferguson
John Heyes

it is times read at funeral about go to the other side of the wall
rosina turley

A Fairy sat deep in the heart of a rose and the tears trickled over the end of her nose
Oh me Oh my - my wing it is broken never more will I fly
Then the rose whispered softly here's a needle so fine
If I ask my friend spider for a thread to untwine
Then we sew sew - make our fingers - and mend it so neatly it never will show.

So that dear little fairy - her tears wiped away - and they stitched and they stitched through the long summers day
Then she sang tra la and she sang tra la - my wing it is mended and I'm off ta ta!

This is how I remember this from when my Mother sang it to us and always ended with - If you see a fairy with special silver thread in her wing - it MIGHT be the one that that the rose and the spider helped her to mend!
Shirley Elmer

I have the book with this song in it. It is called "Fairy Tears and was written by Margaret A Sinclair. Here it is:
A fairy sat deep in the heart of a rose,
And a tear trickled over the tip of her nose:
"Oh my! Oh my!" And she heaved a sigh. "My wing it is broken, never more will I fly."


Hilary Bell

next verse:
But the rose whispered soft, "Here's a needle so fine,
And our friend, Mr Spider, a thread will entwine.
If you sew, sew, sew, make your fingers go,
You will mend it so neatly, it never will show.

So that dear little fairy, the tears wiped away,
And she stitched and she stitched through the long summer day;
Then she laughed, "Ha! Ha!" And she sang "Tra la!
'Tis as good as when new, so I'm off, Ta ta!"
Hilary bell

I was interested to track this down, and find that I have most of the words right. My mum used to sing this to me at bedtime, and I in turn have sung it to my own children and now to my grandchildren. They love joining in and adding actions. I seem to be the only person who knows it, and I am guessing that my own mother learnt it as a song at school. It made me look up 'Little Boy kneels at the foot of the bed' which she also sang to me.
Maureen Miller


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