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Another nursery rhyme


 
Norn Old Norse/Nordic English
Bis bis byo
Bulva reeka tyo
Tak laigen
Slogan veggin
Bulva reeka tyo

Variant form:
Bøn vil ikkə tīæ
tak an læggən
slōgan væggən
bøn vil ikkə tīæ


 
 


JJ: "Bulva reeka" is evidently a corruption of boņ(ə) vil ikə 'the child will not (be quiet)'. Cf. a Faroese rigmarole (Antikvarisk tidsskrift, 1851, p. 322), beginning: "Rura rura barnið" - and containing the lines: "vil ikki barnið tiga, so tak um legg og slá í vegg - so skal barnið tiga" - If the bairn will not be quiet, take it by the leg and hit it against the wall - that will make it be quiet.

Watch a live performance of this lullaby ("Rura barnið") by the famous Faroese singer Eivør Pálsdóttir:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZbnYwAF8sc


Discuss this fragment on the forum:
http://nornlanguage.x10.mx/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=35

































 
 

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