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a clouded dream on an earthly night, hangs upon the crescent moon
- The Mystic's Dream

Every journey brings its own surprises

Loreena McKennitt
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She's from Morden, Manitoba is Loreena McKennitt, her brother still farms down that way. She's come along way, many journeys taken, many miles covered, in place and time, distance and space. Roads taken...destinations arrived at...we look around and realise this was not the original one...somewhere different, the excitement of exploration.....a grove of trees.....gone now....a cathedral, built it is said, on ground that was holy, before ever Christianity arrived, and the voices of the ages resonate. The words of W.B Yeats, William Shakespeare, the spirit of Charles Dickens walks with us....the mask, the mirror, the sounds of a market, the horse on the road taking pilgrims...these are her landscapes, they are conjoured before us and we are there with her, along the dusty trails, up over the mountains and there before us an ancient cathedral and the chanting voices. You are there. We are there.............

The Mystic's Dream
(Loreena McKennitt)

A clouded dream on an earthly night
Hangs upon the crescent moon
A voiceless song in an ageless light
Sings at the coming dawn
Birds in flight are calling there
Where the heart moves the stones
It's there that my heart is calling
All for the love of you.
 

A painting hangs on an ivy
Nestled in the emerald moss
The eyes declare a truce of trust
And then it draws me far away
Where deep in the desert twilight
Sand melts in pools of the sky
When darkness lays her crimson cloak
Your lamps will call me home

And so it's there my homage's due
Clutched by the still of the night
And now I feel you move
Every breath is full
So it's there my homage's due
Clutched by the still of the night
Even the distance feels so near
All for the love of you

The Visit 1991

The Mask and The Mirror. 1994

The Book of Secrets. 1997

Celtic Art and Illumination

Loreena's hometown

Loreena McKennitt
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