Frank Jæger

"Liden Sol i Disse Uger" ("So little sun these weeks")
(from a collection of poems called "Tyren", published 1953)

Music: Otto Mortensen, 1963.

 

Danish original English translation (unauthorised, by LK)

Liden sol i disse uger,
februar har gjort os mindre,
sne, som tynger, is som knuger
vi kan ingenting forhindre.

So little sun these weeks,
February has made us smaller
Snow, which weighs upon us, ice which overcomes us
Nothing can be prevented.
Vi kan heller ikke bede
om at måtte blive større,
stær og mus og vinterhvede
må på vore vegne spørre.

Neither are we allowed
to ask to grow,
starlings and mice and winterwheat
must ask on our behalf.
Men måske april vil hente
Vore hjertebål tilbage
Sammen vil vi tålsomt vente
Liden sol i disse dage.

Perhaps April will kindle
The fire of our hearts again
Together we will forbearingly be expecting
Just a little sun these days.

 

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Lisbeth Klastrup, February 2004.