Ég byrja reisu mín / I start my journey

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Text: Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614 - 1674). Tune: trad., arr. Bára Grímsdóttir & Chris Foster.
In the Tyrkjaránið of 1627, about four hundred people were captured and sold into slavery along the Barbary coast. Some ten years later, a small group of the captives were released. They made their way to Copenhagen where they met Hallgrímur Pétursson who had been studying for the priesthood there. He purportedly wrote this hymn before setting sail home to Iceland with the group.

lyrics

English translation

I begin my voyage,
Jesus, in your name.
May your holy hand lead me
out of all danger.

refrain
May Jesus lead me in peace,
with a host of beautiful angels.

Your great gentle kindness
led me from my motherland
with good fortune
and spared me all anxiety.

In trials and tribulation
I choose you as my travelling companion.
Keep watch over me
and protect me

From storm, strong wind
and raging seas,
from all kinds of ungodly rabble,
danger and war.

When life wanes,
lead me surely home to you,
to the beautiful fatherland
free from all anxiety.

credits

from Flúr, track released April 2, 2013
Vocal, Bára Grímsdóttir
Vocal and guitar, Chris Foster
Vocal, Andri Eyvindsson

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FUNI Reykjavik, Iceland

FUNI, an old Icelandic word meaning flame or fire, are Bára Grímsdóttir & Chris Foster. Since 2001, they have been breathing new life into great songs that have been hidden away in old recordings, old books and manuscripts for too long. They also add new songs to the tradition. Bára and Chris tour widely in Europe, as well as Iceland and Britain. They have also played in China and the USA. ... more

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