Friday 25 November 2011

Poem by the Finnish writer
Johann Ludvig Runeberg (1804–77) who wrote in the Swedish language

Joy and sorrow

Joy and sorrow both
resided in my heart,
joy in the one chamber,
sorrow in the other.
irreconcilably separate,
first the one ruled
then the other, solely.
Since the one and only came here,
she’s opened, it would seem, the door
and has united both,
for my joy is sadness
and my sorrow bliss.

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