The book is "The Elf-Errant" by Moira O'Neill and features exquisite black and white illustrations by W.E.F. Britten.
Here is the cover:
The front endpaper has an cute inscription:
To Kay (An Irish Girl)
From Edna (An English Girl)
Here are some of the illustrations:
Finally, the poem:
THE FRIENDLY THINGS
Oh, it's just the homely little things,
The unobtrusive friendly things,
The "Won't-you-let-me-help-you" things
That make our pathway light.
The "Laugh-with-me-it's-funny" things
And it;s the jolly, joking things,
The "Never-mind-the-trouble" things
That make the world seem bright.
Are not the human little things,
The "Everyday-encountered" things,
The "just-because-I-love-you" things
That make us happy quite?
So here's to all the little things,
The "Done-and-then-forgotten" things,
Those "oh-it's-simply-nothing" things
That make life worth the fight.
"The Elf-Errant" by Moira O'Neill. Published by Lawrence and Bullen, London, 1895.
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