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Loreena McKennitt Stolen Child Lyrics

Last updated: 10/22/2014 06:22:02 PM

Where dips the rocky highland
Of Sleuth Wood in the lake
There lies a leafy island
Where flapping herons wake
The drowsy water-rats
There we've hid our faery vats
Full of berries
And of reddest stolen cherries

Come away, O human child
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand
For the world's more full of weeping
Than you can understand.

Where the wave of moonlight glosses
The dim grey sands with light
By far off furthest Rosses
We foot it all the night
Weaving olden dances
Mingling hands and mingling glances
Till the moon has taken flight
To and fro we leap
And chase the frothy bubbles
Whilst the world is full of troubles
And is anxious in its sleep.


Where the wandering water gushes
From the hills above Glen-Car
In pools among the rushes
That scarce could bathe a star
We seek for slumbering trout
And whispering in their ears
Give them unquiet dreams
Leaning softly out
From ferns that drop their tears
Over the young streams


Away with us he's going
The solemn-eyed
He'll hear no more the lowing
Of the calves on the warm hillside
Or the kettle on the hob
Sing peace into his breast
Or see the brown mice bob
Round and round the oatmeal chest.


For he comes, the human child
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand
For the world's more full of weeping
Than you can understand.

Thanks to Rebecca for submitting Stolen Child Lyrics.

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Beautiful is not nearly enough | Reviewer: Annie Altermann | 10/18/14

I love this poem song. When we were young MY sister and I believed we had seen a fairy watching us from atop a hill. Although we tried to climb the hill to get to her, she was gone before
we made it to the top. We reminisce on that day and although I am gaining steadily towards my end, I truly believe that there are worlds upon worlds in this sphere we consider ours. In my opinion, Ms McKennitt thinks the same way. Why else the ethereal selections.

So amazing... :) | Reviewer: Cyra Ann :) | 4/26/11

Whenever i hear Loreena Mckennitt my body tingles with this energy and its so strong and feels so good. I know its divine energy your feeling.. But in this song, it's as if you feel the good folk.. =) Loreena Mckennitt in my opinion is a Goddess who chose to incarnate here to show us the light =)

THE Celtic Woman | Reviewer: Claudio | 12/30/10

I came across Loreena McKennitt in a very unusual and unexpected way. I took me months, almost a year or more to actually listen to her music but eventually I did and now is part of my influences, not only musically but in a cultural way. Such a pleasure to hear her introducing Nights From The Alhambra by talking about the Palace and its background.

srolen chaild | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/6/10

Loreena is proudly Canadian. She lives around Stratford Ontario where she has her recording studio Quinlan Road Productions. She is of Celtic descent, having both strong Scottish and Irish routes.
This song resoundingly shows her strong roots and her wonderful ability to weave pictures in the minds of her listeners. I had the pleasure of seeing her once in the old Ontario Place forum with hundreds of candles on the floor of the forum that lit the venue with erethral light. It suited her songs and skills like no other venue except perhaps Alahambra in Spain.. She is mystical, beautiful and sings like no other, she is beyond compare...

Rigel | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/25/09

From Wikipedia: "McKennitt was born in Morden, Manitoba of Irish and Scottish descent to parents Jack and Irene McKennitt (a livestock dealer and a nurse)."

This is a beautiful song, almost magical. I love how she can always find the right tune for poetry written by others.

Wonderful! | Reviewer: Ninny | 7/16/08

This is such a wonderful song! Transports me to another world every time.

But Loreena is not Irish, she is Canadian and followed the routes of the Celts from Ireland down to Turkey. I think she has Scottish or Irish ancestors, but I am not sure which.

AWSOME | Reviewer: kitty | 5/22/07

Thanks alot for putting the lyrics up I needed them!! Plus I love Loreena McKennitt. She is Irish. Iant that cool.