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Language: Swedish (Svenska)

Säg, hvarför gifva vi de kval 
[åt]1 världen vi bort dölja?
Vår jord är ju en jämmerdal,
den sorger öfverhölja.

Det därför är, att skaldens skrik,
dem hjärtats sår frambringa,
skall som en vemodsljuf musik
till eftervärlden klinga;

och därför svanen sjunga skall
med döden under vingen:
hans välljud tjusar världen all,
hans smärta kväljer ingen.

Translation(s): FIN FRE GER

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Confirmed with Ernst Josephson, Svarta Rosor och Gula, C. & E. Gernandts Förlags Aktiebolag, Stockholm, 1901, p. 109.

1 Rängstrom: "till"
Note: Kilpinen uses the spelling "Säg, varför giva vi de kval" in the first line.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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

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Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Joutsenlaulu", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le chant du cygne", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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