by Karl August Tavaststjerna (1860 - 1898)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Dolce far niente
Language: Swedish (Svenska) 
Available translation(s): ENG FIN FRE
Jag lefver min dag i drömmar,
en fest är mitt hvardagslag;
af drömmarnas strömmar jag sömmar
och väfver åt lifvet behag.

Jag älskar på nytt, och jag hoppas,
jag minns, och jag njuter och minns
att dessa minuter knoppas
hvad härligt och skönt det finns.

Confirmed with Karl August Tavaststjerna, Laureatus: epopé i tretton sånger : jämte en samling efterlämnade dikter, Stockholm, Alb. Bonniers Boktryckeri, 1897, page 195.

Note: [sic] on title.


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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Sweet idleness", copyright © 2019
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Suloista joutenoloa", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Dolce farniente", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2010-01-14
Line count: 8
Word count: 45

Sweet idleness
Language: English  after the Swedish (Svenska) 
I live my life in dreams,
A banquet is my daily work;
From the flow of dreams I embroider
And weave beauty into my life.

Once again I love, and I hope,
I remember and I enjoy, and I realize
That these moments contain the bud of
All the beauty and joy in existence.


  • Translation from Swedish (Svenska) to English copyright © 2019 by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website: 2019-07-22
Line count: 8
Word count: 54