Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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agreeably warm like a May evening, as is all the air of Elfland. The light was a sort of twilight or gloam­ing ; but there were neither windows nor candles, and he knew not whence it came, if it was not from the walls and roof, which were rough, and arched like a grotto, and composed of a clear transparent rock, in-crusted with sheeps-stiver and spar, and various bright stones. At last he came to two wide and lofty folding-doors, which stood a-jar. He opened them, and en­tered a large and spacious hall, whose richness and brilliance no tongue can tell. It seemed to extend the whole length and height of the hill. The superb Gothic pillars by which the roof was supported, were so large and so lofty, (said my seannachy,) that the pillars of the Chanry Kirk,* or of Pluscardin Abbey, are no more to be compared to them, than the Knock of Alves is to be compared to Balrinnes or Ben-a-chi. They were of gold and silver, and were fretted like the west window of the Chanry Kirk, with wreaths of flowers composed of diamonds and precious stones of all manner of beautiful colors. The key-stones of the arches above, instead of coats of arms and other de­vices, were ornamented with clusters of diamonds in the same manner. And from the middle of the roof, where the principal arches met, was hung by a gold chain, an immense lamp of one hollowed pearl, per­fectly transparent, in the midst of which was sus­pended a large carbuncle, that by the power of magic continually turned round, and shed over all the hall a clear and mild light like the setting sun ; but the hall was so large, and these dazzling objects so far removed,
* The cathedral of Elgin naturally enough furnished sim­iles to a man who had never in his life been twenty miles distant from it.