Sunday 11 May 2014

"Ema Süda" - an Estonian Poem for Mother's Day

In the vast majority of countries around the world, Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. For all the Estonian mothers out there here is a nice Estonian poem for you. Ema Süda /A Mother's Heart was written by Lydia Koidula in Tartu in 1865 then later recorded as a song by Maarja.

English translation.
A Mother's Heart

There is a place within this world
where faith and love and joy lie curled
and everything that's fine and rare
will always find a refuge there.

Do you know a mother's heart?
Constant and sound from the very start!
With your joys it loves to share
and your sorrows will help you bear.

When people change from good to bad,
friendship and praise is not to be had
when all around is contempt and hate
faithless and loveless is your sad fate-

A mother's heart is always there!
A place you will always share,
cry away dashed hopes and fears
on mother's breast through all the years!

Some dearest treasures I may lose
and after mourning find repose,
time for me my grief will sever
but mother's heart I'll miss - forver!

Happy Mother's Day!!!