Þið kannizt við jólaköttinn
- sá köttur var griðarstór
Fólk vissi'ekki hvaðan hann kom
eða hvert hann fór

Hann glennti upp glyrnurnar sinar
glóandi báðar tvær
Það var ekki heiglum hent
að horfa í þær

Kamparnir beittir sem broddar
upp úr bakinu kryppna há
og klærnar à loðinni löpp
var ljótt að sjá

Því var það, að konurnar kepptust
við kamba og vefstól og rokk
og prjónuðu litfagran lepp
eða lítin sokk

Þvi kötturinn mátti' ekki koma
og krækja í börnin smá
Þau urðu að fásína flík
þeim fullorðnu hjá

Og er kveikt var á jólakvöldið
og kötturin gægðist inn
stóðu börnin bísperrt og rjóð
með böggulinn sinn

Hann veifaði stélinu sterka
hann stökk og hann klóraði' og blés
og var ýmist uppi í dal
eða úti' um nes

Hann sveimaði, soltinn og grimmur
í sárköldum jólasnæ
og vakti í hjörtunum hroll
á hverjum bæ

Ef mjálmað var aumlega úti
var ólukkan samstundis vís
Allir vissu' að hann veiddi menn
en vildi ekki mýs

Hann lagðist á fátæka fólkið
sem fékk enga nýja spjör
fyrir jólin - og baslaði og bjó
við bágust kjör

Frá því tók hann ætið í einu
allan þess jólamat
og át það svo oftast nær sjálft
ef hann gat

Því var það, að konurnar kepptust
við kamba og vefstól og rokk
og prjónuðu litfagran lepp
eða lítin sokk

Sum höfðe fengið svuntu
og sum höfðu fengið skó
eða eitthvað, sem þótti þarft
en þad var nóg

Þvi kisa máti' engan eta
sem einhverja flíkina hlaut
Hún hvæsti þá heldur ljót
og hljóp á braut

Hvort enn er hún til, veit ég ekki
en aum yrði hennar för
ef allir eignuðust næst
einhverja spjör

Þið hafið nú kannske í huga
að hjálpa, ef þörf verður á
máske enn finnist einhver börn
sem ekkert fá

Máske, að leitin að þeim sem líða
af ljósskorti heims um ból
gefi ykkur góðan dag
og gleðileg jól


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    General CommentTRANSLATION:

    The Christmas Cat (Icelandic Christmas compilation)

    You know the christmas cat
    - that cat is very large
    We dont know where he came from
    nor where he has gone

    He opened his eyes widely
    glowing both of them
    it was not for cowards
    to look into them

    His hair sharp as needles
    his back was high and bulgy
    and claws on his hairy paw
    were not a pretty sight

    Therefore the women competed
    to rock and sow and spin
    and knitted colorful clothes
    or one little sock

    For the cat could not come
    and get the little children
    they had to get new clothes
    from the grownups

    When christmas eve was lighted
    and the cat looked inside
    the children stood straight and red-cheeked
    with their presents

    He waved his strong tail
    he jumped, scratched and blew
    and was either in the valley
    or out on the headland

    He walked about, hungry and mean
    in hurtfully cold christmas snow
    and kindled the hearts with fear
    in every town

    If outside one heard a weak "meaow"
    then unluck was sure to happen
    all knew he hunted men
    and didnt want mice

    He followed the poorer people
    who didnt get any new clothing
    near christmas - and tried and lived
    in poorest conditions

    From them he took at the same time
    all their christmas food
    and ate them also themselves
    if he could

    Therefore the women competed
    to rock and sow and spin
    and knitted colorful clothes
    or one little sock

    Some had gotten an apron
    and some had got a new shoe
    or anything that was needful
    but that was enough

    For pussy should not eat no-one
    who got some new piece of clothes
    She hissed with her ugly voice
    and ran away

    If she still exists I dont know
    but for nothing would be his trip
    if everybody would get next christmas
    some new rag

    You may want to keep it in mind
    to help if there is need
    for somewhere there might be children
    who get nothing at all

    Mayhaps that looking for those who suffer
    from lack of plentiful lights
    will give you a happy season
    and merry christmas
    bjorkellinaon October 06, 2002   Link

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