Up the airy mountain Down the rushing glen We daren’t go a-hunting For fear of little men; Wee folk, good folk Trooping all together Green jacket, red cap And white owl’s feather.
Down along the rocky shore Some make their home They live on crispy pancakes Of yellow tide-foam; Some in the reeds Of the black mountain lake With frogs for their watch-dogs All night awake.
High on the hill-top The old King rests He is now so old and grey He’s nigh lost his wits; With a bridge of white mist Columcille he crosses On his stately journeys From Slieve League to Rosses; Or going up with music On cold starry nights To sup with the Queen Of the gay Northern Lights.
They stole little Bridget For seven years long When she came down again Her friends were all gone They took her lightly back Between the night and morrow They thought that she was fast asleep But she was dead with sorrow. They have kept her ever since Deep within the lake On a bed of flag-leaves Watching till she wakes.
By the craggy hillside Through the mosses bare They have planted thorn-trees For pleasure here and there. Is any man so daring As dig them up in spite He shall find their sharpest thorns In his bed at night.
Up the airy mountain Down the rushy glen We daren’t go a-hunting For fear of little men Wee folk, good folk Trooping all together Green jacket, red cap And white owl’s feather!