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  3. Love Eivor, nice seeing her mentioned here.

    For your enjoyment:

    Eivør and Margret Eir sing Heyr Himna Smiður

    The text is made by Kolbeinn Tumason born 1173, but the song is composed by Thorkell Sigurbjornsson born 1938.

    ICELANDIC
    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.

    ENGLISH
    Hear, smith of the heavens,
    what the poet asks.
    May softly come unto me
    thy mercy.
    So I call on thee,
    for thou hast created me.
    I am thy slave,
    thou art my Lord.

    God, I call on thee
    to heal me.
    Remember me, mild one,
    Most we need thee.
    Drive out, O king of suns,
    generous and great,
    human every sorrow
    from the city of the heart.

    Watch over me, mild one,
    Most we need thee,
    truly every moment
    in the world of men.
    send us, son of the virgin,
    good causes,
    all aid is from thee,
    in my heart.

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