In that green wene Kilmeny lay,
Her bosom happd16 wi flowerets gay;
But the air was soft
and the silence deep,
And bonnie Kilmeny fell sound asleep.
She kennd nae mair, nor opend her ee,
waked by the hymns of a far countrye.
She wakend on a couch of the silk sae slim,
All striped wi the bars of the rainbows rim;
lovely beings round were rife,
Who erst had travelld mortal life;
And aye they smiled and gan to speer,17
spirit has brought this mortal here?
Lang have I journeyd, the world wide,
A meek and reverend fere replied;
Baith night and day
I have watchd the fair,
Eident18 a thousand years and mair.
Yes, I have watchd oer ilk degree,
Wherever blooms femenitye;
But sinless virgin, free19 of
In mind and body, fand I nane.
Never, since the banquet of time,
Found I a virgin in her prime,
this bonnie maiden I saw
As spotless as the morning snaw:
Full twenty years she has lived as free
spirits that sojourn in this countrye:
I have brought her away frae the snares of men,
That sin or death
she never may ken.
They claspd her waist and her hands sae fair,
They kissd her cheek and they kemed20 her
And round came many a blooming fere,
Saying, Bonnie Kilmeny, yere welcome here!
freed of the littand scorn:
O blest be the day Kilmeny was born!
Now shall the land of the spirits see,
shall it ken what a woman may be!
Many a lang year, in sorrow and pain,
Many a lang year through the
world weve gane,
Commissiond to watch fair womankind,
For its they who nurice the immortal mind.
have watchd their steps as the dawning shone,
And deep in the green-wood walks alone;
By lily bower
and silken bed,
The viewless tears have oer them shed;
Have soothed their ardent minds to sleep,
the couch of love to weep.
We have seen! we have seen! but the time must come,
And the angels will weep at the day
O would the fairest of mortal kind
Aye keep the holy truths in mind,
That kindred spirits their
Who watch their ways with anxious ee,
And grieve for the guilt of humanitye!
O, sweet to
Heaven the maidens prayer,
And the sigh that heaves a bosom sae fair!
And dear to Heaven the words
And the praise of virtue frae beautys mouth!
And dear to the viewless forms of air,
The minds that
kyth21 as the body fair!
O bonnie Kilmeny! free frae stain,
If ever you seek the world again,
That world of sin, of sorrow
O tell of the joys that are waiting here;
And tell of the signs you shall shortly see;
Of the times
that are now, and the times that shall be.
They lifted Kilmeny, they led her away,
And she walkd in
the light of a sunless day;
The sky was a dome of crystal bright,
The fountain of vision, and fountain of
The emerald fields were of dazzling glow,
And the flowers of everlasting blow.
Then deep in the stream
her body they laid,
That her youth and beauty never might fade;
And they smiled on heaven, when they
saw her lie
In the stream of life that wanderd bye.
And she heard a song, she heard it sung,
She kennd not where; but sae sweetly it rung,
fell on the ear like a dream of the morn:
O, blest be the day Kilmeny was born!
Now shall the land of
the spirits see,
Now shall it ken what a woman may be!
The sun that shines on the world sae bright,
borrowd gleid22 frae the fountain of light;
And the moon that sleeks the sky sae dun,
Like a gouden bow,
or a beamless sun,
Shall wear away, and be seen nae mair,
And the angels shall miss them travelling the
But lang, lang after baith night and day,
When the sun and the world have elyed23 away;
sinner has gane to his waesome doom,
Kilmeny shall smile in eternal bloom!
They bore her away, she wist not how,
For she felt not arm nor rest below;
But so swift they
waind her through the light,
Twas like the motion of sound or sight;
They seemd to split the gales of
And yet nor gale nor breeze was there.
Unnumberd groves below them grew,
They came, they passd,
and backward flew,
Like floods of blossoms gliding on,
In moment seen, in moment gone.
O, never vales