INVOCATION TO VÄINÄMÖINEN FOR INSPIRATION


Vaka vanha Väinämöinen
we have heard of you thus:


There old Väinämöinen played,
Surely played so beautifully.
Wondrously the music echoed.
Played a day and played a second

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When he played in his own cabin,
In his simple home of pine logs,
Rafters rattled, floorboards bounded,
Ceilings singing, doors hallooing,
With the windows wide rejoicing,
Even all the hearthstones stirring
And the birchen uprights whooping.

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So old Väinämöinen sailed,
Sailed out in his copper vessel,
In his copper boat to the uppper worldly regions,
To the lowest levels of the heavens.

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There he halted with his vessel,
Rested weary in his boat
But he left his harp behind,
Graceful instrument to Finland
Joy eternal to the nation
And the great songs to its children.

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Be with us now, Väinämöinen,
inspire our hearts and tongues tonight.

Toukokuu se olla joten

Accept our offering in word and song.
May it be so.