of nursery mythology is the personification of Providence. The good ones are called fairies, elves, elle-folks, and fays; the evil ones are urchins, ouphes, ell-maids, and ell-women.
Fairies, black, grey, green, and white, You moonshine revellers, and shades of night, You ouphen-heirs of fixed destiny, Attend your office.
Fairies small, two foot tall, With caps red on their head.
Dodsley's Old Plays; Fuimus Troes, i, 5.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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