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Demanten på marssnön (1900) Op. 36

Demanten på marssnön

På drivans snö där glimmer
en diamant så klar.
Ej fanns en tår, en pärla,
Som högre skimrat har.
Utav en hemlig längtan
hon blinker himmelskt så:
hon blickar emot solen,
där skön den ses uppgå.
Vid foten av dess stråle
Tillbedjande hon står
och kysser den i kärlek
och smälter i en tår.
O, sköna lott att älska
Det högsta livet ter,
att stråla i dess solblick
och dö, när skönst den ler!

The diamond on the March snow

Upon the driven snow there glitters
a diamond so clear.
Never was a tear, or pearl
That had a greater shine.
Out of a secret longing
she sparkles like the heavens:
she looks up to the sun
the moment it ascends.
At the foot of its beam
Adoringly she stands
and kisses it in passion
and melts it in a tear.
O, fairest fate to love
The highest that life brings,
to glisten in its radiance,
and die, amid its smile.

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Jean Sibelius was a Finnish composer and violinist of the late Romantic and early-modern periods. He is best known for his set of seven symphonies, but he also composed over a hundred songs for voice and piano, and various pieces inspired by nature and Nordic mythology.

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