Nocturne – A Swedish Poem with an MP3 Recording

Here’s a lovely Swedish poem about a moonlit summer night. It was written by Finnish poet Edith Södergran (1892 – 1923).


You can listen to the recording below and follow along with the original poem in Swedish.  The you’ll find a loose English translation after the poem.

MP3 of Nocturne as read by Johan Borg

by Edith Södergran

Silverskira månskenskväll,
nattens blåa bölja,
glittervågor utan tal
på varandra följa.
Skuggor falla över vägen,
strandens buskar gråta sakta,
svarta jättar strandens silver vakta.
Tystnad djup i sommarens mitt,
sömn och dröm, —
månen glider över havet
vit och öm.
Loose translation by Mama Lisa...

Silver clear moonlit evening,
The night’s blue billowing,
Countless glittering waves
Follow each other in.
Shadows fall across the road,
On the shore, the bushes gently weep,
Black giants guarding the silver beach.
Deep silence in summer’s midst,
Sleep and dream, –
The moon glides over the sea 
Tender and light.

Night night!

Mama Lisa

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