Jonas Hallgrimsson

Valley Song

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Dandelions, a dazzling mass!
Dimpled berries in the meadow!
Ditches deep in cotton grass!
Dandelions, a golden mass!
In your midst I ache to pass
all my years of sun and shadow!
Dandelions, a dazzling mass!
Dimpled berries in the meadow!

Dashing waters, faithful friends,
foaming over stony ledges
deep in dark sequestered glens!
Dashing waters, ancient friends!
Gushing gulleys! elfin dens,
girt with rock along the edges!
Dashing waters, faithful friends,
foaming over stony ledges!

Cloudy river, brisk and bright,
brawling down from mountain passes,
currents crinkling in the light!
Cloudy river, green and bright!
Here contentment nears its height,
here among your flowers and grasses!
Cloudy river, brisk and bright,
brawling down from mountain passes!

Crested summits crowned with snow!
Cliffs that hug the mountain's shoulder!
Keep the country safe below,
crested summits white with snow,
guarding it from gales that blow
grimly as the year turns colder!
Crested summits crowned with snow!
Cliffs that hug the mountain's shoulder!

Summer valley, blissful, blest,
brimmed with sunlight now and ever,
slowly sweeping east to west!
Summer valley, gorgeous, blest!
Childhood's idyll, age's rest
after years of long endeavor!
Summer valley, blissful, blest,
brimmed with sunlight now and ever!

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