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Drömmen (1891) Op. 13 no.5


Tröttad lade jag mig ned på bädden,
Att i sömnen glömma sorg och saknad,
Men en dröm sig smög till hufvudgärden,
Hviskande uti mitt öra detta:
"Vakna, hon är här, den sköna flickan,
Blicka upp, att hennes kyss emotta!"
Och jag slår med glädje upp mitt öga.
Hvar är drömmen? Som en rök försvunnen.
Hvar är flickan? Bortom land och sjöar.
Hvar är kyssen? Ack, blott i min längtan.

The dream

Tired I lay down on my bed
In sleep forgetting sorrow and loss,
But a dream stole the bed's head,
Whispering this in my ear:
"Wake up, she is here, the fair maiden,
Look up, to receive her kiss!"
And gladly I open my eyes.
Where is the dream? Vanished like smoke.
Where is the maiden? Beyond fields and lakes.
Where is the kiss! Alas, only in my longing.

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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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