Then Kilmeny beggd again to see
The friends she had left in her own countrye;
To tell of
the place where she had been,
And the glories that lay in the land unseen;
To warn the living maidens
The loved of Heaven, the spirits care,
That all whose minds unmeled36 remain
Shall bloom in beauty
when time is gane.
With distant music, soft and deep,
They lulld Kilmeny sound asleep;
And when she awakend,
she lay her lane,37
All happd with flowers, in the green-wood wene.
When seven lang years had come
When grief was calm, and hope was dead;
When scarce was rememberd Kilmenys name,
late in a gloamin Kilmeny came hame!
And O, her beauty was fair to see,
But still and steadfast was her
Such beauty bard may never declare,
For there was no pride nor passion there;
And the soft desire
of maidens een
In that mild face could never be seen.
Her seymar38 was the lily flower,
And her cheek
the moss-rose in the shower;
And her voice like the distant melodye,
That floats along the twilight sea.
she loved to raike39 the lanely glen,
And keepàed afar frae the haunts of men;
Her holy hymns unheard to
To suck the flowers, and drink the spring.
But wherever her peaceful form appeard,
The wild beasts
of the hill were cheerd;
The wolf playd blythly round the field,
The lordly byson lowd and kneeld;
dun deer wood with manner bland,
And cowerd aneath her lily hand.
And when at even the woodlands
When hymns of other worlds she sung
In ecstasy of sweet devotion,
O, then the glen was all in motion!
wild beasts of the forest came,
Broke from their bughts40 and faulds the tame,
And goved41 around, charmd and amazed;
Even the dull cattle croond and gazed,
and lookd with anxious pain
For something the mystery to explain.
The buzzard came with the throstle-
The corby42 left her houf43 in the rock;
The blackbird alang wi the eagle flew;
The hind came tripping
oer the dew;
The wolf and the kid their raike44 began,
And the tod,45 and the lamb, and the leveret ran;
hawk and the hern attour46 them hung,
And the merle and the mavis forhooyd47 their young;
And all in a
peaceful ring were hurld;
It was like an eve in a sinless world!
When a month and a day had come and gane,
Kilmeny sought the green-wood wene;
laid her down on the leaves sae green,
And Kilmeny on earth was never mair seen.
But O, the words that
fell from her mouth
Were words of wonder, and words of truth!
But all the land were in fear and dread,
they kendna whether she was living or dead.
It wasna her hame, and she couldna remain;
She left this
world of sorrow and pain,
And returnd to the land of thought again.
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