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Se'n har jag ej frågat mera (1891) Op. 17 no.1

Se'n har jag ej frågat mera

Hvarför är så flyktig våren,
Hvarför dröjer sommarn icke?
Så jag tänkte fordom ofta,
Frågte, utan svar, af mången.
Se'n den älskade mig svikit,
Se'n till köld hans värme blifvit,
All hans sommar blifvit vinter,
Se'n har jag ej frågat mera,
Känt blott djupt uti mitt sinne,
Att det sköna är förgängligt,
Att det ljufva icke dröjer.

Since then I have not asked anymore

Why is Spring so fleeting,
Why does not Summer tarry?
Thus of yore I often thought,
Asked, without answers, of many.
Since the beloved has failed me,
Since to cold his warmth has turned,
All his Summer has become Winter,
Since then I have not asked anymore
Only felt, deep in my heart,
That Loveliness is fickle,
That Sweetness does not linger.

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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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