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Djup stod färgen på fura på sten

Language: Swedish (Svenska)

Djup stod färgen på fura [på]1 sten,
Furor och stenar, de kasta skuggor hän
I skummande silver och gull.

Sitter på stenen i skuggans breda famn,
Svartlockig gosse, så bleknad som en hamn,
Och trevar med stråke på sträng.

Neckens gullharpa spela opp en dans,
Gigan går efter och mistar all sin sans
För elvkung med silver i skägg.

Gossen var blott min egen fantasi -
Necken var forsen, som brusade förbi
Och stänkte sitt skum på min kind.

Translation(s): ENG FIN FRE GER

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Confirmed with Ernst Josephson, Svarta Rosor och Gula, C. & E. Gernandts Förlags Aktiebolag, Stockholm, 1901, page 190.

Note: "Necken" is sometimes spelled "Näcken"
1 Kilpinen: "och på"

Submitted by Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Theobald Rehbaum) , title 1: "Der Neck"
  • ENG English [singable] (Herbert Harper) , title 1: "The elfking"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Le nix", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , title 1: "Näkki", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Language: Finnish (Suomi) after the Swedish (Svenska)

Syvä on väri hongissa ja kivissä,
ne heittävät varjoja
hopeisiin ja kultaisiin kuohuihin.

Kivellä varjon laajassa sylissä istuu
mustakiharainen poika kalpeana kuin aave;
hän sivelee jousella soittimensa kieliä.

Näkin kultaharppu alkaa soittaa tanssia,
viulu lähtee mukaan ja villiintyy nähdessään
keijujen kuninkaan hopeisine partoineen.

Poika oli vain oman mielikuvitukseni luoma,
Näkki oli koski, joka kuohui ohitse
ja pärskytti kuohua poskilleni.

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