Saturday, October 17, 2009

A Reading From The Kalevala

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The epic poem, Kalevala, is celebrated by the Finns this day with parades and readings from the poem. The Kalevala recounts a battle of wits between three wizard brothers and the witch goddess, Louhi. It is a treasure trove of ancient shamanistic practices and spells. Here's a reading"'s Harp " Then the singer of Wainola Took the harp of his creation" adjusting, sweetly tuning" plied his skillful fingers To the strings that he had fashioned" was gladness rolled on gladness" the harmony of pleasure Echoed from the hills and mountains" singing to his playing" of joy did joy come welling" resounded marvelous music" of Northland stopped and listened" creature in the forest" the beasts that haunt the woodlands" their nimble feet came bounding" to listen to his playing" to hear his songs of joyance" the squirrels from the branches" from birch to aspen; Climbed the ermines on the fences"'er the plains the elk-deer bounded" the lynxes purred with pleasure; Wolves awoke in far-off swamp-lands" o'er the marsh and heather" the bear his den deserted" his lair within the pine-wood" by a fence to listen" against the listening gate-posts" the gate-posts yield beneath him; Now he climbs the fir-tree branches That he may enjoy and wonder" and listens to the music Of the harp of Wainamoinen.


~The Kalevala is a 19th century work of epic poetry compiled by Elias L"onnrot from Finnish and Karelian oral folklore and mythology. The above translation is by John Martin Crawford,

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