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For Kilmeny had been she knew not where,
And Kilmeny had seen what she could not declare.
Kilmeny had been where the cock never crew,
Where the rain never fell, and the wind never blew ;
But it seemed as the harp of the sky had rung,
And the airs of heaven played round her tongue,
When she spake of the lovely forms she had seen,
And a land where sin had never been,—
In that green wene Kilmeny lay,
All striped wi' the bars of the rainbow's rim;
And lovely beings round were rife, Who erst had travelled mortal life; And aye they smiled, and 'gan to speer, "What spirit has brought this mortal here?"
They clasped her waist and her hands sae fair,
They kissed her cheek, and they kemed her hair,
And round came many a blooming fere, Saying, "Bonny Kilmeny, ye're welcome here!
"O, would the fairest of mortal kind
When the sinner has gane to his waesome doom, Kilmeny shall smile in eternal bloom!"
Then Kilmeny begged 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 un