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Vol. XXIII, Number 1 (October 1912)

MacDonald, M. Irwin
The fairy faith and pictured music of Pamela Colman Smith,   pp. 20-34 PDF (4.6 MB)


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THE FAIRY FAITH AND PICTURED MUSIC
OF PAMELA COLMAN SMITH: BY M. IRWIN
MACDONALD
sane, well-balanced and cultured people believe in
fairies? Hardly anyone would admit it in so many
words, but does not a large part of our modern litera-
ture, painting and music prove that, whether it is
acknowledged or not, the majority of mankind has a
keen and imperishable interest in the invisible world
             that lies beyond the ken of objective consciousnessr
In the days when life was less involved in the network of material
things, men accepted the reality of the subjective world as simply as
they did that of the things apprehended by the senses, because their
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clouded by inherited
skepticism. Wise
men and seers who
had mastered the
secrets of Nature
by penetrating into
her hidden places
knew that the realm
which alone is evi-
dent to our bodily
senses lies like a
landlocked bay at
the edge of a bound-
less ocean teeming
with conscious and
intelligent life. Un-
lettered peasants
who lived in the
fields and woods
and were much
alone knew there
were fairies, sprites
and goblins because
they felt them all
around and now
and again they saw
them. Poets knew
it as children do,
hon t~hey lived
~~~~~~~ea                          s tbev lived i I~M - - -- - -
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