Jonas Hallgrimsson

(1807-1845 / Iceland)

Jonas Hallgrimsson Poems

1. A Ship Comes In, 1830 9/7/2010
2. Above The Ford 9/7/2010
3. At An Old Grave, 1841 9/7/2010
4. Bjarni, Goodbye! 9/7/2010
5. Gunnar's Holm 9/7/2010
6. Hell 9/7/2010
7. Drangey 9/7/2010
8. I Send Greetings! 9/7/2010
9. On Receiving News Of The Death Of S. Drejer, M.A. 9/7/2010
10. Quatrains 9/7/2010
11. Southlands 9/7/2010
12. The Sog 9/7/2010
13. The Style Of The Times 9/7/2010
14. To Mr. Paul Gaimard At A Banquet Of Icelanders In Copenhagen 9/7/2010
15. Tómas's Meadow 9/7/2010
16. Sheepfold Tarn 9/7/2010
17. The Beast! 9/7/2010
18. Ólafsvík Headland 9/7/2010
19. Home 9/7/2010
20. Horn Crag 9/7/2010
21. Bosi 9/7/2010
22. Bjarni Thorarensen 9/7/2010
23. After The Ball 9/7/2010
24. On New Year's Day (1845) 9/7/2010
25. Öxnadalur 9/7/2010
26. Feuerbach's Nihilism 9/7/2010
27. The Farmer In Wet Weather 9/7/2010
28. The Lay Of Hulda 9/7/2010
29. The Pipit 9/7/2010
30. Valley Song 9/7/2010
31. Mowing Song 9/7/2010
32. Water Music 9/7/2010
33. The Solitary 9/7/2010
34. Kolbeinn's Isle 9/7/2010
35. Drudgery 9/7/2010
36. Eagle Mountain Glacier 9/7/2010
37. Mount Broadshield (A Travel Poem From Summer 1841) 9/7/2010
38. Spring And Fall 9/7/2010
39. Moon Island 9/7/2010
40. A Toast To Iceland 9/7/2010

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Best Poem of Jonas Hallgrimsson

The Vastness Of The Universe

am the speeding
spark of light
flung by God
from the forge of Chaos.
I soar on wings
swifter than wind
above the paths
of the pulsing stars.

Faster! faster!
to find the place
where cosmic waves
crash ashore:
to cast anchor
off that empty coast,
that far frontier
and final reach
of created things: --
the edge of heaven.

I watched the stars
in the womb of youth
rise from the still
streams of heaven,
eager to make
their million year
race through the thin
ethereal blue.

Later they flickered
faintly behind ...

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At An Old Grave, 1841

Hardship! though your unhappy son
lies here secure in nature's keeping,
clad in eternal night and sleeping --
his soul's enduring weal is won.

Glazed is your eye -- how free from guile,
how kind in my young estimation!
It made me sigh with admiration,
seeing the triumph of your smile!

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