Aquarian Age Stories for Children
"Let the Whole Wide Earth Rejoice"
Music always enchanted the Fairies, and for
a long time five of them stood quietly, knee-deep in the grasses beneath an
open, stained- glass window, and listened to the children sing. None of the boys
and girls within, rehearsing their songs for the Easter Service, knew that they
The clear young voices melted into the air, and the Fairies
stood with reverently lifted faces, and listened to every word of praise as the
"He is risen, He is risen,
Tell it out with joyful voice;
He has burst His three day's prison,
Let the whole wide earth rejoice."
The Fairies drifted up to the window sill, impelled there by the
beauty and enchantment of the music. They stood in a straight row on the narrow
ledge, their faces lifted in worship to meet the loving power of the Risen
Christ, and still the children did not know they were there. Even after the
music stopped and the girls and boys prepared to go home, not one of them
noticed the little elf-like creatures watching them.
As the Fairies watched they listened, too, to hear what the
music teacher told the children.
"When you march in tomorrow morning," she said,
"each of you will carry a potted Easter Lily." The boys and girls
clapped their hands for very joy. "And," continued the teacher,
"when you reach the platform you will please place your flower-pots just
so. She walked over to the platform and the children followed, to learn what
they must do.
But the Fairies did not wait to see or hear any more. They
floated gracefully to the ground and sped away, to gather some proper equipment
to help with the great occasion. There was no time to lose, because the very
next day was Easter Sunday.
With no trouble at all the Fairies walked into a tree, and in a
few minutes out they came again. One of them carried a broom. It was made from
feather-down, as soft as new rain. "I shall sweep the leaves of the Lilies
and make them shine," he sang.
The second Fairy held a dust cloth. It was a large and lacy one,
made entirely of delicately woven cobwebs.
"I shall dust the petals, one by one," he said,
"and they will be radiantly white for Easter Morn."
Their leader almost stumbled out of the tree trunk, so great was
his load. He carried an enormous cake of ferndew soap, and a brush with spun-
moon-beam bristles, and a towel that dragged on the earth beneath his feet, it
was so large.
The other two Fairies had healing hands. They used them to
restore the wounded and discolored plants to beauty. They had loving hearts and
the whisper of gentle voices with which to invite insects out from the buds and
flowers where they often sleep. All the Fairies had a joyous sense of their own
responsibility to make the Lilies as beautiful as possible for Easter Day.
"Does anyone know where the potted Lilies are?" asked
the elf with the broom. No one knew!
"Whatever shall we do!" the others cried out in
Their leader spread his towel on the ground, and crossed his
legs as he sat down on it to think.
"Hurry!" he shouted at last. "Get back to the
window sill before it is too late. Perhaps we shall hear more of what the music
teacher tells the children."
In a cloud of hope and happiness the Fairies flew up to peer
into the window again but, alas, it was too late. There was NO one in sight.
Once more their leader sat cross-legged on the towel to think.
"There are more windows!" he cried. And away went the
Fairies to peep into all the other rooms. In front of one was a table, and a
telephone, and the music teacher. The Fairies eagerly listened to what she had
"Is this the Merryweather Flower Shop?" she asked into
the telephone, and the little elves nearly tumbled off the window sill from
excitement. They were so excited they didn't even hear her ask about the Lilies.
But then another voice, distant and far away, drifted out of the receiver into
the teacher's ear, and by that time the Fairies were composed enough to hear.
"Those twenty-five potted lilies will be ready for the
children early Sunday morning," said the far-away voice, and the four
little people didn't wait to hear any more. They flew to the ground and
clustered about their leader, telling him all that they had heard.
"Continue your usual work," he said, "until
sundown. When the last ray is drawn into the evening sky, meet me here.
Meanwhile I will locate this Merry-weather Flower Shop, and I will return to
lead you there in the quietude of night."
They all agreed, and four Fairies returned to their customary
work of forming the leaves and flowers of the plants and trees. Their leader
floated away on his towel, for all the world like a magic carpet. While he was
gone the others could think of nothing but the potted Lilies, and the children,
and the voices of the children as they sang. They hummed into the ears of every
flower they worked upon, instilling into each a love for the resurrected life.
Many beautiful forms came into being as they softly sang:
"Blessed Lord, let all adore Thee,
Saints on earth and saints in heav'n;
Every creature bow before Thee,
Who has all their being giv'n."
The birds heard, and the butterflies heard, and the bees and
insects heard. One by one they lifted the joyous refrain into the air, filling
the world with their music. And so it was that the whole wide earth rejoiced.
In the meantime the Fairy leader had located the Merryweather
Flower Shop. Inside, all in a stately row, stood twenty-five not-so-large flower
pots. In each one was a tall white lily. The Elf lifted his eyes to say,
"Thank you," and as he looked into the sky the Sun drew its last ray
into the evening calm. In a shorter time than it takes to whistle astonishment,
the Fairy leader was back with his flock.
"Everything is ready," he announced. "We will go
to Mr. Merryweather's place at once."
All night long he and his helpers worked in the Flower Shop,
sweeping and dusting and scouring until all the potted Lilies shone. They opened
the buds to filter in some light, and many of the insects flew away. Their
healing hands tenderly repaired the blooms that were wounded and discolored, and
they breathed an evening blessing on every one. When the first Sun-ray unfolded
to brighten the Shop on Easter morning, every lily was clean and whole and
The leader of the Fairies sat cross-legged on a leaf, to survey
the work that they had accomplished. The broom and the dust cloth continued to
polish where there was more need. A few more insects were coaxed out of a bud; a
pair of healing hands transformed the last wounded blossom into health, and the
Fairies declared that their work was done.
"It is good," they said, "for now even the Lilies
will sing of the risen Christ."
They returned to their tree home and awaited the ringing of the
chimes that called the people to the Easter Service. Dressed in their Sabbath
best the Fairies seated themselves in silence on the sill before the open
window, to join in the worship. No one in the congregation suspected they were
there. They were all looking at a wreath of bright red roses against a pure
A golden star, luminous against a lovely blue, glistened like a
halo of light and love behind the flowery cross, and the Fairies' tiny mouths
whispered little round, fervent "O-o-o- 's." The organ music vibrated
throughout the room, and resounded in every heart, as the children came marching
in. The boys and girls, each carrying a shining Easter Lily, were singing more
triumphantly than they ever had before.
Christ is risen from the dead."
And the Fairies heard the Lilies singing, too.