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Den hvite, røde rose, 'The white and the red rose' EG137

Den hvite, røde rose, 'The white and the red rose'

Den hvide, røde Rose
saa kaltes Søstre to, ja to.
Den hvide var saa stille,
den røde altid lo.
Men omvendt ble det siden, ja,
for saa kom Friertiden, ja.
Den hvide blev saa rød, saa rød,
den røde blev saa hvid.
Ti ham den røde elsked,
ham ville Far ej ha, ej ha.
Men ham den hvide elsked,
han fikk paa Timen ja.
Den røde, ak, hun falmer, ja,
med Suk og Sorg og Salmer, ja,
Den hvide blev saa rød, saa rød,
den røde blev saa hvid.
Nej, saa blev Far skam bange
og maatte til med ja, aa ja!
Og saa klang glade Sange
til bryllupsskudd, hurra!
Og snart sprang mindre Roser, ja,
paa Sko og bitte Hoser, ja,
den rødes de var hvide,
men den hvides alle rød’!

The white and red roses

The white and red roses,
Two sisters were called.
The white one was so calm,
The red one always lively.
But when it came to matters of love
Their roles were quite reversed.
The white one blushed so red
And the red one became so so pale.
For the father would not give his consent
To the man the red rose loved –
Though to the white rose’s lover
He consented almost straight away.
The red rose, she withered
With sighs and tears and hymns,
And while the white one blushed so red
The red one became so so pale.
Well the father became afraid and ashamed –
And finally gave way and said yes!
And so joyful songs were heard
To the tread of a wedding dance, hurrah!
And soon little roses appeared
With tiny shoes and stockings,
The red rose’s were all white,
And the white rose’s were all red!

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Bjørnstjerne Martinius Bjørnson was a Norwegian writer. In 1903 he received the Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the first Norwegian Nobel laureate. Bjørnson is considered to be one of The Four Greats (De Fire Store) among Norwegian writers, the others being Henrik Ibsen, Jonas Lie, and Alexander Kielland. Bjørnson is also celebrated for his lyrics to the Norwegian National Anthem, "Ja, vi elsker dette landet".

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