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Sandy Witt
22-01-05, 19:14
I am attempting to translate a poem written about the old Sideby church after it burned down in 1969. It appears in Bror Åkerblom's "Sideby Sockens Historia" (1975, p. 200).

I have attempted a quick translation and know that there are many mistakes. I appreciate (and NEED) assistance.
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Our Church

Two women who lived in Sideby wrote a poem titled “Our Church” to express the community’s sadness over the loss of the Sideby church. (Åkerblom, 1975, 200)

Märta Lindell (f. Nordman)

En kyrka i bygden
vi van’ är at se,
en bygd utan kyrka
har intet att ge.
Du tjänat oss alla,
båd’ stora och små,
vi splittras som fåren
- ja, hur skall det gå

A church in the village
vi van’ är at se,
a village without a church
has nothing to give.
You served us all,
both large and small,
vi splittras som fåren (we are divided/shattered like sheep?)
- indeed, how can we go on?

Gunnel Storsjö (f. Skogman)

Visst har vi dig älskat
men inte tillräckligt,
en kär som man mistat
värderar man mest.
Nu talar du till oss
- så osynlig – mäktigt,
nu kan vi förnimma,
var roten är fäst.

Certainly we have loved you
but not enough,
a love that is lost
is valued the most.
Now tell us
- so invisble – powerful,
now we can perceive/sense/be aware of,
var roten är fäst. (where the root is attached?)
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Tack så mycket.
Sandy

Kaj Granlund
06-03-05, 20:44
church in the village
we were used to see you
a village without a church
has nothing to give.
You served us all,
both large and small,
we are shattered like sheeps
- indeed, what will happen?

Certainly we have loved you
but not enough,
a love that is lost
is valued the most.
Now you are preching to us
- invisble – powerfully,
now we can sense,
where our root is attached