James I

"I give my poem to the spring"
A translation of Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson's
"Jeg giver mitt dikt til våren"
Original: Here

I give my poem to the spring,
though for the power yet to bring;
I give my poem to the spring
as zeal for eagerness to act.
The two of them shall make a pact:
the warmth they shall persuade to win
so that the winter must give in
and let a wealth of brooks appear
to make Him wild, God in the air,
encouraged to no longer dwell
but to approve the flower smell!
I give my poem to the spring!

5 comments:

  1. I really like your translation.. Since my father grew up in Norway I remember his appreciation of Björnsson, the joy of spring is so strong in this.

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  2. Lovely words and so nice of you to give the translation to us, who don't know the language or the poet. It is a joyful poem with brooks appearing from under the ice and snow, life freely flowing. Hayes Spencer is Kanzensakura.

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  3. very nice.... spring awakens many things in us

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  4. Lovely the spring is in renewing
    resurrection of life.. the New
    Year is also mine in refreshing
    flowers of creating loving living
    Spring..:)

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