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Veslemøy, 'Young Maiden' (1895) Op. 67 no.2

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Haugtussa (Op. 67)

Veslemøy, 'Young Maiden'

Ho er mager og myrk og mjå
med brune og reine Drag
og Augo djupe og grå’
og stilslegt, drøymande Lag.
Det er som det halvt um halvt
låg ein Svevn yver heile ho;
i Rørsle, Tale og alt
ho hev denne døyvde Ro.
Under Panna fager, men låg
lyser Augo som bak ein Eim;
det er som dei stirande såg
langt inn i ein annan heim.
Berre Barmen gjeng sprengd og tung
og det bivrar um Munnen bleik.
Ho er skjelvande sped og veik,
midt i det ho er ven og ung.

Young Maiden

She is thin and dark and slender
With dusky, clear features
And eyes that are deep and grey
And a soft, dreamy nature.
It is as if, half and half,
A sleep lay upon her.
Her bearings, her voice, her everything
Expresses a gentle peace.
Beneath her forehead, lovely but low
Her eyes shine as if through a mist,
As though they saw and gazed
Far beyond into another world.
But her breast is tense and heavy
And her pale mouth quivers.
She is shiveringly thin and delicate
While at the same time so fair and young.

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