to mortal view
Appeard like those oer which they flew!
That land to human spirits given,
vales of the storied heaven;
From thence they can view the world below,
And heavens blue gates with
More glory yet unmeet to know.
They bore her far to a mountain green,
To see what mortal never had seen;
And they seated
her high on a purple sward,
And bade her heed what she saw and heard,
And note the changes the spirits
For now she lived in the land of thought.
She lookd, and she saw nor sun nor skies,
But a crystal
dome of a thousand dyes:
She lookd, and she saw nae land aright,
But an endless whirl of glory and
And radiant beings went and came,
Far swifter than wind, or the linkàed flame.
She hid her een frae
the dazzling view;
She lookd again, and the scene was new.
She saw a sun on a summer sky,
And clouds of amber sailing bye;
A lovely land beneath her
And that land had glens and mountains gray;
And that land had valleys and hoary piles,
seas, and a thousand isles.
Its fields were speckled, its forests green,
And its lakes were all of the dazzling
Like magic mirrors, where slumbering lay
The sun and the sky and the cloudlet gray;
and trembled, and gently swung,
On every shore they seemd to be hung;
For there they were seen on
their downward plain
A thousand times and a thousand again;
In winding lake and placid firth,
heavens in the bosom of earth.
Kilmeny sighd and seemd to grieve,
For she found her heart to that land did cleave;
saw the corn wave on the vale,
She saw the deer run down the dale;
She saw the plaid and the broad
And the brows that the badge of freedom bore;
And she thought she had seen the land before.
She saw a lady sit on a throne,
The fairest that ever the sun shone on!
A lion lickd her hand
And she held him in a leish of silk;
And a leifu25 maiden stood at her knee,
With a silver wand
and melting ee;
Her sovereign shield till love stole in
And poisond all the fount within.
Then a gruff untoward bedesman came,
And hundit the lion on his dame;
And the guardian
maid wi the dauntless ee,
She droppd a tear, and left her knee;
And she saw till the queen frae the lion
Till the bonniest flower of the world lay dead;
A coffin was set on a distant plain,
And she saw the red
blood fall like rain;
Then bonnie Kilmenys heart grew sair,
And she turnd away, and could look nae mair.
Then the gruff grim carle girnd26 amain,
And they trampled him down, but he rose again;
he baited the lion to deeds of weir,27
Till he lappd the blood to the kingdom dear;
And weening his head
When crownd with the rose and clover leaf,
He gowld28 at the carle, and chased him
To feed wi the deer on the mountain gray.
He gowld at the carle, and geckd29 at Heaven,
mark was set, and his arles30 given.
Kilmeny a while her een withdrew;
She lookd again, and the scene
She saw before her fair unfurld
One half of all the glowing world,
Where oceans rolld, and
To bound the aims of sinful man.
She saw a people, fierce and fell,
Burst frae their bounds like
fiends of hell;
Their lilies grew, and the eagle flew;
And she herkàed on her ravening crew,
Till the cities
and towers were wrappd in a blaze,
And the thunder it roard oer the lands and the seas.
they waild, and the red blood ran,
And she threatend an end to the race of man;
She never lened,31 nor
stood in awe,
Till caught by the lions deadly paw.
O, then the eagle swinkd32 for life,
And brainyelld33 up
a mortal strife;
But flew she north, or flew she south,
She met wi the gowl o the lions mouth.
With a mooted34 wing and waefu maen,
The eagle sought her eiry again;
But lang may she
cower in her bloody nest,
And lang, lang sleek her wounded breast,
Before she sey35 another flight,
play wi the norland lions might.
But to sing the sights Kilmeny saw,
So far surpassing natures law,
The singers voice wad
And the string of his harp wad cease to play.
But she saw till the sorrows of man were bye,
all was love and harmony;
Till the stars of heaven fell calmly away,
Like flakes of snaw on a winter day.