Tvende Ravne

Danish to English Translation:

Two Ravens

Music: Andersen and Frederiksen, lyrics: Frederiksen

Raven the black sits in an ash, looks across the green plain
Men in harnesses gather for war, sharp axes under the blue sky
Raven the black flies from the east, lands in the grey ash
The raven says “Strife-men are coming here; the plain will be dyed red today”

Two ravens sitting in the ash
Two ravens watching the battlefield
Two ravens counting feats
Memory and thought, they see all

Raven the black says to the other “Strife-men come from the east,
Helms glint proud in the sun’s light, (and) banners edge the hill’s ridge”
Raven the black says to the other “Here is not a place for fear,
Many sons fall here today, mothers weep this eventide”

Two ravens…

Raven the black says to the other “Brave lads fight hard,
Battle-cries ring boldly across the green plain, honour is to be gained here!”
Raven the black says to the other “Honour is nought but dead-man’s property,
The cold of the grave awaits most of them, mead tastes bitter there”

Two ravens…