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The merry wedding

Language: English after the Faroese

Tidings are told both far and wide,
So fleetly,
That bonny young Brown swain's wooing a bride
Hark to my voice in a sweet song,
Fain to tread the dance with the fleet throng.
Brown is my silky hair,
Snow-white is my skin so fair,
Hark to my voice in a sweet song.

I've been told that it's fair Snow White,
So sweetly,
He's chosen for to be his heart's delight.
Fair is the sound of my singing,
Gaily in the dance now I'm swinging.
Snow White has skin like milk,
Soft skin as white as milk,
Brown hair as glossy as silk,
O so fair is the sound of the song I sing.
I ride to win me a bonny young bride,
Fair is the sound of my singing,
Gaily in the dance now I'm swinging,
Fair is the sound of my singing.
Brown is my silky hair,
Soft skin as white as milk,
Brown hair as glossy as silk,
Fair is the sound of my singing.

Snow White waken'd one Summer's day,
She decked herself out in fine array,
Hark to my voice in a sweet song,
Fain to tread the dance with the fleet throng.
Brown is my silky hair,
Snow-white my skin so fair,
Harken to the sound of my sweet singing.

She donned a kirtle of blue so bold,
Fair is the sound of my singing,
Gaily in the dance I'm swinging.
So fleetly, so sweetly.
Scarlet socks and shoes so bright,
Washed in water her hands so white,
She combed and braided her silky hair.
A golden crown on her head did wear,
Hark to my voice in a sweet song,
Fain to tread the dance with the fleet throng,
Fair is the sound of my singing.
Snow White has skin like milk,
Brown hair as glossy as silk.

Brown swain's wed to his heart's delight,
Like many a valiant Danish knight.
Gaily, so gaily in the dance I'm swinging,
Fair is the sound of my singing.
Soft skin as white as any milk,
Brown hair as glossy as silk,
Fair is the sound of my singing.
Merrily rang, o merrily rang their marriage bells.
Bonny Brown swain.
Sumptuous was the wedding feast,
When bonny Brown swain and his loverly bride
Were wedded with ring and with priest.
So fleetly.

Hark to my voice singing sweetly,
Singing while the dancers are dancing so fleetingly
Snow White has hair like silk,
Soft skin as white as any milk,
Hearken to the sound of my voice
In a sweet song.


Translation(s): FRE

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Submitted by Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "La noce joyeuse - Danse nuptiale", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2009-09-02 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:20

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Word count: 424

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