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Gestaboð um nótt

Gestaboð um nótt

Feginn er ég nóttunni
sem hlýjum vængjum vefur
vini mína og dagsins
og mér gefur aðra nýja:
hýreyg stjarna úti í geimi
stundar lengi
frestað hefur
að steypa sér í djúpið
(máninn sefur milli skýja)
og dularfullar verur koma
dansandi inn um glugga
við mér stugga,
stöfum björtum
stjaka frá mér hverjum skugga,
setjast hjá mér kankvíslegar
og þær klaka blítt við eyra,
(hvílík kynstur sem þær kunna af vísum,
viltu heyra?)
Einn er minnstur allra í hópnum
(glettinn álfur sem ég sjálfur)
ber í hendi bláa fjöður
(sumargjöf frá góðum föður)
og hann leggur mjúkan oddinn
mér að brjósti
skýjaglópnum
og hann kitlar hjartabroddinn
svo ég kippist við af gleði.
Ó, ég legði allt að veði
til að líf af þessu tæi
færi eldi um allar jarðir
allar sveitir, alla bæi,
þótt ég dæi síðan dæi.

Night Visitors

I am jubilant for the night,
which like warm wings enfolds
my friends and the day
and then gives me others:
warm-eyed star that out in space
for long hours
has awaited
to plunge into the depths
(between the clouds the moon is asleep)
and creatures full of secrets come
dancing through the window
to rouse me,
with shafts of brightness
jostle from me every shadow,
mischievously sit beside me
in my ear they blithely chatter
(they know tales and verses without number,
would you hear them?)
One is smallest of all the party
(roguish elf my kindred spirit)
in his hand an azure feather
(summer’s gift from the good father
and the yielding tip he presses
to my breast
I the daydreamer
and he tickles at my heartstrings
so I jump for happiness.
O, all that I have I’d wager
so that life just this kind
spread like wildfire o’er the country
all the land, all the farmsteads
though I die a certain death.

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Composer

Jórunn Viðar was an Icelandic pianist and composer. She wrote a number of compositions based on Icelandic folk songs.


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