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Paimenet (1914) Op. 29a no.3

Paimenet

Kaksi paimenta karjoja metsään vie,
kaksi paimenta torvea soittaa,
niin vilvas on metsolan vihreä tie:
Uni pienen paimenen voittaa.
Sinipiikojen karkelo keinutti pois
sen paimenen korpien syliin,
ja on kuni toisen soitto
nyt sois yhä kaipuuta suuriin kyliin.
Yksi illalla soittavi torvea vain,
yksi karjoja kotiin huhuu.
Sen toisen korvahan korpi ain
niin outoja unia puhuu,
sen huilussa metsien houkutus soi,
sinipiiat on silmien eessä.
Hoi paimenta, hoi eksynyt paimen,
kylä etsivi silmät veessä.

The Herdsmen

Two herdsmen are taking their cattle to the woods;
Two herdsmen are playing on their horns;
The green road of the forest is so cool
That sleep soon overcomes the young herdsman.
A group of woodsmaids dancing by took him away
Into the deep dark forest;
The music of the other herdsman
Played a dirge of longing unto the distant villages.
The lone herdsman plays his horn in the evening;
The lone herdsman gathers his cattle.
The other herdsman only hears
The strange dreams of the forest,
His flute plays the strange temptations of the forest,
And the woodsmaids are in his eyes.
Hoy, herdsman, hoy, lost herdsman,
The village is seeking in tears.

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Composer

Toivo Timoteus Kuula was a Finnish composer and conductor of the late-Romantic and early-modern periods. He is best known for his many compositions for voice and orchestra.

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