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Det første Mødes Sødme

Language: Norwegian (Bokmål)

Det første Mødes Sødme,
det er som Sang i Skoven,
det er som Sang paa Voven
i Solens sidste Rødme, --
det er som Horn i Uren
de tonende Sekunder,
hvori vi med Naturen
forenes i et Under.

Translation(s): ENG ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Bjørnson, Bjørnstjerne. Fortællinger, Jubilæumsudgave, Fortællingerne og Digteren af Moltke Moe, Gyldendalske Boghandel, Nordisk Forlag, Kristiania, København : 1907 p. 329.

Alternate version (note the spelling), from Bjørnson, Bjørnstjerne. Samlede Værker, Mindeutgave, Første bind, Kristiania og Kjøbenhavn, Gyldendalske Boghandel Nordisk Forlag, 1910, p. 80:

Det første møtes sødme,
det er som sang i skogen,
det er som sang på vågen
i solens siste rødme, --
det er som horn i uren,
de tonende sekunder,
hvori vi med naturen
forenes i et under.
Note: The scores consulted for Grieg and White employ spellings from both versions (in White's, the nouns are capitalized as above). Here is the text:
Det første mødes sødme,
det er som sang i skogen,
det er som sang på vågen
i solens sidste rødme, --
det er som horn i uren
de tonende sekunder,
hvori vi med naturen
forenes [i et]1 under.
1 White: "Inett" [sic]

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):

  • ENG English (Nigel Parker) , "The sweetness of a first meeting", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "La première rencontre", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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La première rencontre

Language: French (Français) after the Norwegian (Bokmål)

La douceur de la première rencontre
est comme un chant dans la forêt,
est comme un chant sur la vague
dans la dernière rougeur du soleil,
elle est comme le cor sur le versant,
les instants résonnants
où avec la nature
nous sommes unis miraculeusement.

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