The Wooing of Crythor adapted & narrated by Anne Maria Clarke Featuring AN SPEIC SEOIGHEACH arranged & performed by Matt Francis with Chris Chambers. Produced by David Johnson
And see not ye that bonnie road, Which winds about the fernie brae?
That is the road to fair Elfland, Whe[re] you and I this night maun gae.
But Thomas, ye maun hold your tongue,Whatever you may hear or see,
For gin ae word you should chance to speak, You will neer get back to your ain countrie.
And there they were without stint and joyful. And not withstanding all the sorrows they had seen before their eyes and not withstanding that they themselves had suffered there came to to them no remembrance of this, or of any other sorrow in the world - and the sweet birds of goddess Rhiannan sang to them throughout and each song they heard - it was more lovely than before and very soon they no longer noticed the passing of time, nor could any tell of his fellow that he had grown older during that period.
But at the end of this wonderous span one of the seven is tempted to look through a forbidden door that leads back into the world - Oh and when he looked - he was conscious of every loss he had ever sustained and of every friend and kinsman he had missed and so were the remaining seven also. And straight away they made haste fom that place – which faded swiftly from view like a dream of the soul.
But who in truth would resist the call of Faerie if it came - and who amongst us would really wish to do so? For then we would be living only half a life wouldn't we - impervious to the great beauty of those magical realms that sing to us from beyond our everyday?
Anne Maria Clarke
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