Quickly followed Lemminkäinen,
With his stallion proudly prancing,
Fleetest racer of the Northland,
Fleetly drives beyond the meadow,
Where the maidens meet for dancing,
Snatches quick the maid Kyllikki,
On the settle seats the maiden,
Quickly draws the leathern cover,
And adjusts the brichen cross-bar,
Whips his courser to a gallop.
With a rush, and roar, and rattle,
Speeds he homeward like the storm-wind,
———- Runo XI
Kalevala (Crawford translation)
photo by Armio Eklund
Lyrics to an old traditional Finnish song
Sung by Tapio Rautavaara and others including Saara Aalto who also sings a beautiful version.
"The peasants (well not exactly) of Finland differ widely from the Russians in look and dress: they had for the most part fair complexions, and many of them had red hair; they have their beards, wear their hair parted at the top and hanging to a considerable length over their shoulders."
————— William Coxe