Myths and legends - The Fairy Mythology - The Fairy’s Enquiry
Type of Spiritual Experience
The Gael call the Fairies Daoine Shi', [b] (Dheenè Shee).
A description of the experience
THE FAIRY'S ENQUIRY
A CLERGYMAN was returning home one night after visiting a sick member of his congregation. His way led by a lake, and as he proceeded he was surprised to hear most melodious strains of music. He sat down to listen. The music seemed to approach coming over the lake accompanied by a light.
At length he discerned a man walking on the water, attended by a number of little beings, some bearing lights, others musical instruments.
At the beach the man dismissed his attendants, and then walking up to the minister saluted him courteously. He was a little grey-headed old man, dressed in rather an unusual garb.
The minister having returned his salute begged of him to come and sit beside him. He complied with the request, and on being asked who he was, replied that he was one of the Daoine Shi. He added that he and they had originally been angels, but having been seduced into revolt by Satan, they had been cast down to earth where they were to dwell till the day of doom.
His object now was, to ascertain from the minister what would be their condition after that awful day. The minister then questioned him on the articles of faith; but as his answers did not prove satisfactory, and as in repeating the Lord's Prayer, he persisted in saying wed instead of art in heaven, he did not feel himself justified in holding out any hopes to him.
The fairy then gave a cry of despair and flung himself into the loch, and the minister resumed his journey.