Sunday, July 24, 2011



I have no words.

But this song, "For the Youth", that was sung at the memorial service in Oslo today, is such a powerful statement about how we can choose to respond to violence. There is an English translation (sadly it's not complete) at the end of this wikipedia article:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Til_Ungdommen

Edited to add this newer translation I came across. The rhyme and rhytm is off, but the content is quite precisely translated:

English translation by Joe Gorman (July 28th 2011):

Encircled by enemies,
your time has come!
With blood all around -
prepare to resist.

Anxiously you ask,
defenceless, innocent:
with what shall I fight,
what is my weapon?

Here is your shield,
here is your sword:
faith in our life,
and human dignity.

Our common future:
shape it, define it;
even though the price be death,
you must strengthen mankind!

The weapons of evil
spread silently around us.
Their deathly advances
your spirit must stop!

War despises life,
Peace is its creator.
Give your whole self:
and death loses its sting.

Make greatness and love
grow stronger in your dreams!
So you face the unknown
with quiet understanding.

Great achievements,
distant dreams.
Bring them forth,
through the lives you protect.

Noble is mankind,
bountiful is the earth.
Where there is hunger and suffering,
it is our failing.

In the name of all that is good in life,
injustice must be crushed!
Light, nourishment and free thought
are our common inheritance.

Then the weapons will fall,
sink down, useless!
Create respect for humanity
and we create peace.

He whose right arm
carries a burden,
priceless and precious,
can never murder.

This we promise
from brother to brother:
we will respect
this planet we share.

We will take care of
beauty and warmth
as if bearing an infant
gently in our arms!

3 comments:

Janette said...

There are no words.

All are in our thoughts and prayers.

Anne said...

I've been thinking and praying for you and your country. Is there anything more we can do?

Mama Urchin said...

I've been thinking of you and your countrymen. It's just so sad.

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