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Svarta Rosor (1899) Op. 36 no.1

Svarta Rosor

Säg, varför är du så ledsen i dag,
du, som alltid är sa lustig och glad?
Och inte är jag mera ledsen i dag
än när jag tyckes dig lustig och glad;
ty sorgen har nattsvarta rosor.
I mitt hjärta där växer ett rosendeträd,
som aldrig nånsin vill lämna mig fred,
och på stjälkarna sitter det tagg vid tagg,
och det vållar mig ständigt sveda och agg;
ty sorgen har nattsvarta rosor.
Men av rosor blir det en hel klenod,
än vita som döden, än röda som blod.
Det växer och växer. Jag tror jag förgår,
i hjärtträdets rotter det rycker och slår;
ty sorgen har nattsvarta rosor.

Black Roses

Say, why are you so sad today,
You, who are always so happy and glad?
I am sad no more today
Than when I think of you happy and glad;
For sorrow has roses black as night.
In my heart there grows a tree,
Which never grants me rest,
upon its stems hangs thorn after thorn,
it causes me endless suffering and pain;
For sorrow has roses black as night.
But there is a whole treasure of roses,
Some white as death, some red as blood.
It grows and grows. I believe I pale,
in my heart-tree’s roots it tugs and pulls;
For sorrow has roses black as night.

Composer

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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