Joseph Jacobs was a folklorist (among other things) who collected the folk and fairy stories of the British Isles in the late 1800's. We have two cheap Dover editions that share a couple of the same stories but the illustrations are different in each.
illustrated by John D. Batten 1968
illustrated by Thea Kliros 1994
The Irish Fairy Book contains stories and poems by the likes of W.B. Yeats, Patrick Kennedy, Alfred Tennyson, Douglas Hyde, and Samuel Lover. In the preface Alfred Perceval Graves writes, "The truth is that the Gaelic peasant, Scotch and Irish, is a mystic, and believes not only in this world, and the world to come, but in that other world which is the world of Faery, and which exercises an extraordinary influence upon many actions of his life."
Alfred Perceval Graves
illustrated by George Denham
These folktales are full of simplicity and musical occurrences for they are the literature of a class for whom every incident in the old rut of birth, love, pain and death has cropped up unchanged for centuries: who have steeped everything in the heart; to whom everything is a symbol.
Away with us, he's going,
He'll hear no more the lowing
Of the calves on the warm hill-side.
Or the kettle on the hob
Sing peace into his breast;
Or see the brown mice bob
Round and round the oatmeal chest.
For he comes, the human child,
To the woods and waters wild,
With a fairy hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than
he can understand.