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Marssnön (1900) Op. 36 no.5


Den svala snön därute faller
och täcker marken mer och mer,
De lägga sig de hvita stjärnor
i hvarf på hvarf längs jorden ner.
Håll slutet ån, o vår! ditt öga,
sov gott i blid och vänlig snö –
dess mäktigare skall du blomma,
dess rikare skall sen du dö.

March Snow

The chill snow falls outside
And slowly covers up the ground,
It scatters the white stars
In a swirl upon the earth.
Close tight your eyes, o spring!
Sleep well amid the gentle snow –
the stronger then shall you blossom,
and richer shall you slowly die.

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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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