Saturday, October 10, 2015

Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson's Setting of Kolbeinn Tumasson's Heyr Himna Smiður Sung by Shaw Street Collective


Another belated Leif Erikson Day greeting. Árstíðir, featured below, had a viral hit with this XIIIth Century Icelandic hymn performed in a German train station — Árstíðir - Heyr himna smiður (Icelandic hymn) in train station. A more polished recording — Heyr himna smiður - Árstíðir-Konzert in Hagen 2014. Here's another choral rendition — Háskólakórinn - Heyr Himna Smiður.
    Heyr, himna smiður,
    hvers skáldið biður.
    Komi mjúk til mín
    miskunnin þín.
    Því heit eg á þig,
    þú hefur skaptan mig.
    Eg er þrællinn þinn,
    þú ert drottinn minn.

    Guð, heit eg á þig,
    að þú græðir mig.
    Minnst þú, mildingur, mín,
    mest þurfum þín.
    Ryð þú, röðla gramur,
    ríklyndur og framur,
    hölds hverri sorg
    úr hjartaborg.

    Gæt þú, mildingur, mín,
    mest þurfum þín,
    helzt hverja stund
    á hölda grund.
    Send þú, meyjar mögur,
    málsefnin fögur,
    öll er hjálp af þér,
    í hjarta mér.
    Hear, smith of heavens.
    The poet seeketh.
    In thy still small voice
    Mayest thou show grace.
    As I call on thee,
    Thou my creator.
    I am thy servant,
    Thou art my true Lord.

    God, I call on thee;
    For thee to heal me.
    Bid me, prince of peace,
    Thou my supreme need.
    Ever I need thee,
    Generous and great,
    O’er all human woe,
    City of thy heart.

    Guard me, my savior.
    Ever I need thee,
    Through ev’ry moment
    In this world so wide.
    Virgin–born, send me
    Noble motives now.
    Aid cometh from thee,
    To my deepest heart.

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