|NB The photos of this post have been taken in our garden in Italy, not in Finland.|
The wilderness pastures drip with dew,
and the hills wrap themselves with joy.
The meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep,
and the valleys are covered with grain.
They shout for joy;
yes, they burst out in song!
Psalm 65: 12 - 13 (International Standard Version)
I was recently telling to a Canadian friend how in this part of the world (Eastern Finland) spring usually reaches its maximum splendour in the last days of May, at the end of the school year...
There's a Swedish summertime hymn titled "Den blomstertid nu kommer" (literally: "Now the time of blossoming arrives", in Finnish simply "Suvivirsi") that is traditionally sung at the Spring Fete. Below there are the first three verses of the hymn in Finnish. I don't try to translate them in English, because my translation wouldn't do justice to the text.
Imagine that after a dark and cold winter summer bursts into bloom and the freedom of summer holidays is upon you. The world is full of fresh green foliage and flowers and sunlight and bird song. For many of us, "Suvivirsi" symbolizes the memory of those moments filled with joy and gratitude ... and few adults can listen to the hymn (especially when sung by a child choir) with dry eyes.
1. Jo joutui armas aika
ja suvi suloinen.
Kauniisti joka paikkaa
Nyt siunaustaan suopi
taas lämpö auringon,
se luonnon uudeks' luopi,
sen kutsuu elohon.
2. Taas niityt vihannoivat
ja laiho laaksossa,
puut metsän huminoivat
Se meille muistuttaapi
se vuosi vuodelta.
3. Taas linnut laulujansa
myös eikö Herran kansa
Mun sieluni, sä liitä
myös äänes' kuorohon
ja armon Herraa kiitä,
kun laupias hän on.
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