by Zachris Topelius (1818 - 1898)
Translation © by Alexandra Glynn

Giv mig ej glans
Language: Swedish (Svenska) 
Available translation(s): ENG FIN
Giv mig ej glans, ej guld ej prakt
i signad juletid.
Giv mig Guds ära änglavakt
och över jorden frid.
Giv mig en fest
som gläder mest,
den konung jag har bett till gäst!
Giv mig ej glans, ej guld, ej prakt,
giv mig en änglavakt!

Giv mig ett hem på fosterjord,
en gran med barn i ring,
en kväll i ljus med Herrens ord
och mörker där omkring!
Giv mig ett bo
med samvetsro,
med glad förtröstan, hopp och tro!
Giv mig ett hem på fosterjord
och ljus av Herrens ord!

Till hög, till låg, till rik, till arm,
kom, helga julefrid!
Kom barnaglad, kom hjärtevarm
i världens vintertid!
Du ende, som
ej skiftar om 
min Herre och min konung, kom!
Till hög, till låg, till rik, till arm
kom glad och hjärtevarm!


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

  • ENG English (Alexandra Glynn) , "I seek no gold or majesty", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 27
Word count: 134

I seek no gold or majesty
Language: English  after the Swedish (Svenska) 
I seek no gold or majesty,
no pearl or shining gem,
but Lord above, I pray to Thee 
for peace on earth to men.
O Lord divine, 
my heart is Thine!
Oh, let my thoughts to Thee incline!
I seek no pearl or shining gem
but peace on earth to men.

Among the children, in our home
give blessed harmony. 
The light that on the shepherds shone, 
oh, let it shine on me!
O Word of light, 
O truth and might,
oh, shed thy blessing glad and bright.
O Word of grace and pardon free:
Give peace and harmony.

Let Christmas come to rich and poor, 
its brilliant light unfold
and with the wealth of God allure
to heaven's streets of gold. 
I long for Thee, 
I wait for Thee, 
O Lord, I need Thy charity!
May rich and poor alike abide
in peace at Christmastide.

Note: based on the Finnish. A reworking of a 1924 translation by Ida Kaskinen


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This text was added to the website: 2009-01-18
Line count: 27
Word count: 146