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Våren flyktar hastigt (1891) Op. 13 no.4

Våren flyktar hastigt

Våren flyktar hastigt,
Hastigare sommarn,
Hösten dröjer länge,
Vintern ännu längre.
Snart I sköna kinder,
Skolen i förvissna
Och ej knoppas mera.
Gossen svarte åter:
Än i höstens dagar
Gläda vårens minnen,
Än i vinterns dagar
Räcka sommarns skördar.
Fritt må våren flykta,
Fritt må kinden vissna,
Låt oss nu blott äska,
Låt oss nu blott kyssas.

Våren flyktar hastigt

Springtime flieth swiftly,
Swifter still the summer;
Long the autumn tarries,
Longer still the winter;
Soon, oh, cheeks so beauteous,
Shall you have to wither,
Never more to blossom.
Then the youth made answer:
Still in days of autumn
Springtime’s memories cheer us;
Into days of winter
Reach the summer’s harvests;
Spring is free to vanish,
Free the cheek to wither,
Let us only love now,
Let us only kiss now!

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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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