Augun mín og Augun þín
Ó þá fögru steina
Mitt var þitt og þitt var mitt
þú veist hvað ég meina
Langt er síðan sá ég hann
Sannlega fríður var hann
Allt sem prýða má einn mann
mest af lýðum bar hann
þig ég trega manna mest
Mædda af tára flóði
Ó að við hefðum aldrei sést
elsku vinurinn góði


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  • +1
    General CommentWhen I was in Iceland in August of 1997, I found a little blurb about Rosa Guthmundsdottir on a folk music tape that had Visur Vatnsenda-Rosu on it. I wrote it down in my little book.
    Enjoy,
    -Stephen

    Visur Vatnsenda-Rosu - Rosa Guthmundsdottir

    Rosa Guthmundsdottir (1795-1855) was a very intelligent and beautiful girl "who made poetry as fast as other people talked". She was a maid at a magistrate's estate and fell madly in love with his clerk, a handsome and very promising young man. He loved her too but his fate was to make the magistrate's daughter pregnant. His life became one of wealth and happiness; her world was from then on one of poverty and despair. Yet she always loved him and these beautiful verses are a token of her bleeding heart.
    steephynon January 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the most incredibly beautiful song. It is on a cd single I picked up in a bargain bin, and is just one of the best bjork songs you can listen to. The quality of her voice is stunning. I really do not care that I have no idea what the song is about. Any one speak icelandic out there?
    jasmicon May 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is an old icelandic song.. it's about this girl falling in love with this Wonderfull and good looking boy.. her being heart broken wishing they had never met.
    lil-miss-happyon September 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHere is the translated lyric for Vísur Vatnsenda-Rósu. I saw another translation, but this is my try at it:

    Verse from Rósa of Water's End

    My eyes and your eyes
    Oh, those fair stones
    Mine was yours and yours was mine
    You know what I mean
    Long has it been since I saw him
    He was truly handsome
    All the grace a man should have
    He stood out from among them
    You I mourn for most of all
    Weary with a flood of tears
    Oh, that we never had met
    My fond friend, my dear
    steephynon January 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBjörk recorded this traditional Icelandic tune for 'Songs From The Cold Seas’ by Hector Zazou. This song appeared on
    "Chansons Des Mers Froides" - 1994 - French CD
    "Songs From The Cold Seas" - 1994 - US CD
    and
    "Possibly Maybe" 3 of 3 - 1996 - UK CD single.
    steephynon January 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow...the story of Rosa is sad and beautiful.
    that_placeon April 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAugun þín og augun mín
    Ó þá fögru steina
    Mitt var þitt og þitt var mitt
    þú veist hvað ég meina
    Langt er síðan sá ég hann
    Sannlega fríður var hann
    Allt sem prýða má einn mann
    mest af lýðum bar hann
    þig ég trega manna mest
    Mædda af tára flóði
    Ó að við hefðum aldrei sést
    elsku vinurinn góði

    actually she sings the first line the other way round
    coldclayon September 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBjork's voice is so intense here, just realized I've been procrastinating listening to her albums again for some years now.
    savianon October 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the most intensely sad song I have ever heard.
    The first time I heard it; I remember the hairs prickling on the back of my neck and my eyes stung with tears.
    It is only today that I have read the English translation.
    Its apparently a song of grief about a man who was lost at sea ('I mourn for you above all others')
    It is so, so very sad.
    Its not a song that can be listened to many times.

    Bjork's voice is incredibly moving and intense and suitable for this lyric.

    She is alternately vulnerable and grief-stricken and gentle and fierce.
    I have to say; its one of the best things she's ever done.
    clareakon August 03, 2013   Link

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