Credits: 

Words: Traditional/Ruth Hazleton
Music: Traditional
 

Notes: 

I have long adored the traditional musics of Scandinavia. Originating in Sweden, this song is commonly sung in a very old Norse dialect and contains many ancient symbols and references to the supernatural and pagan belief. It also features references to the Christian church and I  find it fascinating that after hundreds of years, folk song can still display traces of historical social upheaval—in this case the transition from one cultural and spiritual paradigm to another.
 
I decided to adapt this beautiful, sad and haunting song for an English-speaking audience.
Here I have re-written the lyrics (remaining faithful to the traditional storyline from a very basic English translation), and also altered the time signature.
 

Lyrics: 

Through the Grove (I Riden Sa)
 
Traditional Norse Folk Song
Arranged by Ruth Hazleton & Luke Plumb
 
High on the hillside where Silibrand stands
And the green linden whispers so softly
He spied his dear daughter she moved through the land
And through the grove ride gently all by her side
 
His heart full of sorrow as she wanders alone
Where the green linden whispers so softly
His own true heart’s blood, she is calling him home
And through the grove ride gently all by her side
 
All on the hallowed earth he lay his cape of blue
Where the green linden whispers so softly
And all among wildflowers she gave birth to babies, two
And through the grove ride gently all by her side
 
Oh father, I must give to you my horse of grey
Where the green linden whispers so softly
For the souls of my sons you must hasten and pray
And through the grove ride gently all by her side
 
My sister she shall have my seven golden rings
Where the green linden whispers so softly
My brother these gloves, so that I shall ride with him
And through the grove ride gently all by her side
 
Grieve not and don’t cry for the fate of our souls
Where the green linden whispers so softly
In Valhalla’s court and in Freya’s great hall
And through the grove ride gently all by her side
 
And through the grove ride gently all by her side
 

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