With woven green branches
All of the quicken
The Bandruidh waveth
The soft Airs nigh.
Come, air of the mountain, what news of the mountain,
Does the green moss cling to the claw of the eagle ?
THE MOUNTAIN AIR
The green moss clings to the claw of the eagle.
Come, air of the hill-slope, what news of the hill-slope,
Does the red stag sniff at the coming of green?
THE UPLAND AIR
The red stag sniffs at the coming of green.
* The Bandruidh: literally, the Druidess; commonly, the Sorceress; poetically, the Green Lady, i.e. Spring:.
Come, air of the comes, what news of the comes,
Does the hart’s-tongue sprout where the waterfalls leap ?
THE AIR OF THE CORRIES
The hart’s-tongue sprouts where the waterfalls leap.
Come, air of the pine-wood, what news of the forest,
Do the seedlings stir in the needle-strewn mould?
THE FOREST AIR
The seedlings stir in the needle-strewn mould.
Come, air of the braes, what news of the braes now,
Do the curled young bracken unsheathe their green claws ?
THE AIR OF THE BRAES
The curled young bracken unsheathe their green claws.
Come, air of the glen, what news of the birdeens,
Is song on the birds yet, and leaves on the lime ?
THE AIR OF THE GLEN
Green song to the birds now, green leaves to the lime !
My robe is of green,
My crown is of stars,
The grass is the green
And the daisies the stars :
O’er lochan and streamlet
My breath moveth sweet,
Blue lochan so bonnie, brown burnie
The song in my heart
Is the song of the birds,
And the wind in my heart
Is the lowing of herds :
The light in my eyes,
And the breath of my mouth,
Are the clouds of Spring skies
And the sound of the South.
Grass-green from thy mouth
The sweet sound of the South !
Macleod, Fiona. “The Bandruidh.” The Evergreen: A Northern Seasonal, vol. 1, Spring 1895, pp. 99-100. Evergreen Digital Edition, edited by Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, 2016-2018. Yellow Nineties 2.0, General Editor Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, Ryerson University Centre for Digital Humanities, 2019. https://1890s.ca/egv1_macleod_bandruidh/