Man ég þig mey / I remember you maid

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Text: Jónas Hallgrímsson (1807 - 1845). Tune: trad., arr. Bára Grímsdóttir & Chris Foster.

A love song by Iceland’s ‘national poet’, set to a traditional tvísöngur tune and accompanied on langspil, which sometimes takes the line of the second voice. Regular use of the Icelandic langspil ceased about a hundred years ago, sadly before any recordings could be made. A revival is definitely long overdue.

lyrics

English Translation

I remember you, maid, as the radiant sun
high in heaven shines.
I remember you, as the silver blue moon
lowers itself into the lap of the sea.

I hear your heaven-whispered name,
breathe with loving tone.
The mountain stream murmurs the beautiful name
joyfully in the green pasture.

I look at much that longs to resemble you,
That which comes from God in a good world.
Sunset as smile, blue stars as eyes,
lilies as pale hands.

I steady myself against a stone, tongue-tied,
fluttering breath in my chest barely breathing.
The world’s light bows, stars twinkle,
I desire you alone.

credits

from Flúr, track released April 2, 2013
Vocal, Bára Grímsdóttir
Langspil, Chris Foster

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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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