The Star from east

….the holy night, when the child was born to the world. That night when everybody wanted to sing, everybody at two, everybody at four. Yes, even the birds. And the trees. Everybody wanted to tell about the great wonder that the child was born, and the star lit over the Taiga…..

The star is a free tale about the Christmas gospel and the escape with the newborn King. The history from the Bible has been moved to the Nordic landscape with the Taiga’s timeless snow and pine woods. Geirr Lystrup has let himself be inspired and thus made eighteen new Christmas songs to Russian folk tunes.

1. VIRGIN MAJA’S SPRING. (Jomfru Majas vår)

Virgin Virgin Maja
During thousand years
Through the dark Taiga walks
Virgin Maja’s spring

Virgin Virgin Maja
Naked foot freezes
But in the open hand
Virgin Maja caries light

Virgin Virgin Maja
During thousand years
Through the dark Taiga walks
Virgin Maja’s spring

2. WHY ME (Kvifor meg)

Why me and this big light
Why me in the angels’ glow
These words to me from the Heaven were sent
Sounding in the ear without stop

Why me, so small and so young
Why me, so tender and slender
Why me of all women around
I was never close to a man

White trees are standing so silently in ring
White trees, what do they think?
And when Joseph home from the forest comes
What will poor Joseph say?

Why me, a poor girl from the taiga
Here where I am freezing in old snow
All alone under the sky
Why me and this grain?

Heaven grain that grows in my stomach
To a child that I will have
God in Heaven wanted it like that
God in Heaven will find advice

3. MAJA’S WINTER CHILD (Majas vinterbån)

Virgin Maja stamps in snow so heavy
Virgin Maja small and young
Dear Joseph gives
Our Maja life and shelter
Virgin Maja in snow so heavy

Virgin Maja shakes so wet and so cold
Joseph, you have warmth so hold
Hold your wistful arm
Make Virgin Mary warm
Virgin Maja so wet and so cold

The forest dangerously dark, but a star is standing
Lights up the path we are walking
Lights high and new
There where we can find shelter
The forest dark, but a star is standing

Virgin Mary soon you are loosened and free
Soon is woe and walking ended
When our Heaven son
Mother Maja’s winter child
Tells about spring in our dark time

4. MOTHER MAJA VIRGIN (Jomfru Maja mor)

Mother Maja Virgin Mother Maja Virgin
Under straw and hay Under straw and hay
Between calf and Ox In his voice
You can rest In an invisible dance
Forget the hard pain Angles are stepping in
Inside your stomach They are singing cheek against cheek
With such a soft chops Cheek against cheek in unison
The child sent from God Mother Maja Virgin

Mother Maja Virgin Mother Maja Virgin
Under straw and hay Under straw and hay
Close your eyes Between calf and Ox
Safe you are tonight You can rest
Joseph holds his hand Forget the hard pain
Around your back so slender Inside your stomach
Mumbles mild words With such a soft chops
Mother Maja Virgin The child sent from God

5. WONDERFUL NIGHT (Underbare natt)

Wonderful night at the Taiga
Wonderful night on earth
Heaven lifts the big star
Because Virgin Mary has become mother

Wonderful night at the Taiga
Wonderful new love
God has given himself as gift
A child has been born at dawn

Wonderful night at the Taiga
Wonderful birthday
The spruce tolls with silver in the bell
And fox and hare sing together

Wonderful night at the Taiga
Come and see how good he is
Round in the cheeks with dimples
And on the fine foot small toes

6. SLEEP NOW MAJA MOTHER (Sov no Maja mor)

Sleep now Maja mother
The snow falls white
Hides our tracks
Never shall they get here

The child at your breast
The child sucks warm
Fills you with lust
Oh, blessed bosom

Joseph stares far away
In embers and fire
Joseph sees many things
Beyond the quiet evening

Snow, mother Maja, snow
Big Sower’s hand
Sows the white grains
Over your promised land

7. THREE SMALL KINGS

Three small kings bore to the cradle
Expensive gifts they wanted to give to the Child
The first king gave a bawl with rise
So that it never more shall starve on the earth

Three small kings bore to the cradle
Expensive gifts they wanted to give to the Child
The second gave away his gun
So that it never more shall be war on earth

Three small kings bore to the cradle
Expensive gifts they wanted to give to the Child
The third king gave away his flute
So that love can dance across the earth

Three small kings travelled happily home
A gift they each received from the Child
Each their own gift, a mystery
That the Heavenly King whispered in their ear.

8. MAJA’S FLOWER BED (Majas blomeseng)

Yellow, red, vio lio light
Buds that sprout in Maja’s childbed
We are flowers, grains in the winter hay
Unfolds a summer field

White anemones spread out their sheet
Softest sky to rest the back
Shy twinflower cools with its cushion
Virgin Maja’s hard pain

The poor kid cried itself into the world
Wrinkled jaw and cheeks wet with tears
Now so clean by dew on the silky straw
Blow-waved hair by bumblebee wind

Sister hip, brother peppermint
Waves its cup in Christmas mass garb
Over the cradle bells are chiming:
Be welcome, child of God

9. HEAVENLY CHILD (Himmel-Onge)

Virgin Maja, mother pitching swan
The bosom overflows by honey and cream
Heaven-child, behind motherly wing
Can you suck, and see paradise

Little you know about poverty and winter
About the ice that runs through the world
But you suspects that spring will come
With a sap as relieving weeping
Heaven-child, then you step towards the light
To see, to separate the darkness
On a bridge over doubt, over tear
You shall lead us faithfully by hand

But tonight you shall suck and sleep
Under glares from a good-hearted star
Virgin Maja is (a) swan-white cushion
Heaven-child, for our pleasant dream

10. VIRGIN MAJA’S WONDER (Jomfru Majas under)

The taiga sings about Virgin Maja’s Wonder
Silent pine even voices
Great things and unbelievable miracle
Everything can happen where Virgin Maja passes

She can get the lame one to dance
The broken-hearted she makes laughing
Worst miser and ugliest skinflient
Turns out their pockets to give

Does she stir in poor mother’s pot
The pea’s soup bubbles from a stone
From a pine which obediently bows its neck
Maja plucks an apple from a branch

The dragon escapes, the troll sinks in the mountain
The darkness gives way where Maja lights
Master Bruin gets the splint out of the paw
The wolf itself gets warmth when it freezes

Virgin Maja has a golden key
During thousands of years she can walk
Hope for everyone when the heart catches the lock
Then Maja comes here and knocks on

11. GIVE FROM THE HEART (Gje av hjartet)

By the gold-gilded cathedral
In the pale godforsaken sun
A poor wife is sitting by the portal
Give from the heart for a blessed Christmas

The bell tolls, a dove flies from the tower
Up the wife looks, peers in a vision
The dove becomes a child, the heavenly born
In a radiance of white lightning

Says the child: Com, now we shall sail
Against God Father’s high heavenly chair
Ascend from the snow, forget your hoarse rigmarole
Give from the heart for a blessed Christmas

Gone is the wife, left is this riddle
Where did she disappear from her poor abode?
Down from the tower a dove will weep:
Give from the heart for a blessed Christmas

12 DANCE VIRGIN MAJA (Dans Jomfru Maja)

Dance Virgin Maja until the heaven laughs
Dance Virgin Maja, God Father sits and sees
The Northern Lights ascend from your shimmering body
Shimmering heart up towards the stars

Dance Virgin Maja until the Northern Lights beat
Out from the colourful hair of the whole soul
Dance Virgin Maja with the kid against the cheek
Tear of the whole world into Heaven

13 VIRGIN MAJA’S BOSOM (Jomfru Majas bryst)

A waltz I will sing off heart and lust
Tell about Our Mother and Virgin Maja’s bosom

So round as the nest where the lapwing has its house
So round are those tits two cup-formed mugs

So full as the moon which floats on the water
So full are those breasts and whiter than snow

Yeah soft as clouds against the blue sky
Two silky cushions Joseph can rest his eye on

And there in the middle of this cushion the wine trickles
And Heaven shall know that vintage was fine

Inexhaustible is that source for the thirsty one
But the kid only the kid will suck last and first

So quiet, so quiet at Maja’s bosom
So quiet that it can silence the entire world’s wild noise

A waltz I will sing off heart and lust
Tell if you know more about Virgin Maja’s bosom

14 JOSEPH SINGS (Josef syng)

When you like the star got out of the darkness
With a cooling hand for my hot cheeks
When you like rain for doubt and drought
Gave love a name and baptised it as mine
The time of grace far beyond prayer and psalm
That day when we became one in soul and mind

At a chilly foot the two of us must wander
Where hunger and thirst are fruits of my stick
But the light we carry for each other
When the fugitive’s path must endure drifting
snow and dense snowfall
Look at me when (the) hope will sink
One look is enough I will ascend like an
island up from the sea

When you like the star get out of the darkness
With a cooling hand for my hot cheeks
When you like rain for doubt and drought
Gave love a name and baptised it as mine
The time of grace far beyond prayer and psalm
That day when we became one in soul and mind

15 SPIDER SPIDER (Edderkopp edderkopp)

Spider spider harvest spider you
Lend me of wisdom and lend me of faith
The faiths that you have for the exact thread you are weaving
Is important because it is yours

Spider spider, put up a loom
Show that energetic strive is of use
The thread is thin, yeah but long as a night
Before it is day it can be that

It is you who in stitch and web
Entraps from the sky pure and simple
The star from the East with its secret shimmering
And proves that she really existed

The Star from the East, now the kid shall be happy
The Star from the East that one the kid shall keep
The kid shall play with God Father’s ball
Finger and fumble with a thousand crystals

Spider spider harvest spider you
See what you created in wisdom and faith
From Virgin Maja and Maja’s finger
As reward you will get a surprising thing

The cross on your back forever
You receive for eagerness and harvest spider’s diligence
Thanks ‘cause the kid a happy while
Tasted Heaven with laughter in (his) mouth

16 THAT TEAR (Den tåra)

The tear you shed is our tear
The smile that you smile is our smile
The sad road you have to walk
We all walk with you mile after mile
And the child, that shines high by the cheek
That child is also our kid
By belief, hope, and love
Which is born in pain year after year

So go Virgin Maja our way this night
Let the star be on fire over the Taiga
And twinkle as the hope of the refugee
About peace and freedom behind the skyline
See the light, VirginMaja, the light turns
It trickles in the dark shallows of the heart
It predicts the truth as a swallow’s wing
A summer shall come in a (little) while

17 FROM HEAVEN AN ANGEL CAME (Frå himlen kom ein engel)

From Heaven an angel came at the trench of the war
So strange the light was standing that the fights came to a stop
Now to us a Saviour is born, the Child we waited for
The Child speaks with a tongue the entire world can understand
The Child bans the war, blesses the world with peace
His language is called Love – God’s Love without words

Prince stood up against prince with hatred in words and speech
Forward the angel brought the light into the courtroom of peace
Now to us a Saviour is born, the Child we waited for
The Child speaks with a tongue the entire world can understand
A thousand tongues the hatred has had to wage wars
The Child is the Word itself for Pravda, peace and fred [=peace]

Wonderful silence which stepped into our heart
It sounded in praise and went from gate to gate
Now to us a Saviour is born, the Child we waited for
The Child speaks with a tongue the entire world can understand
The Peace surrounds the World, an Angel shiningly free
The Child smiles from the cradle, God’s smile for evermore
 

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