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    The DatS Lament

    "Fool am I, and great my folly,
    Having neither wit nor judgment;
    Surely once I had some knowledge,
    Had some insight into wisdom,
    Had at least a bit of instinct;
    But my virtues all have left me
    In these mournful days of evil,
    Vanished with my youth and vigor,
    Insight gone, and sense departed,
    All my prudence gone to others!
    Aino, whom I love and cherish,
    All these years have sought to honor,
    Aino, now Wellamo's maiden,
    Promised friend of mine when needed,
    Promised bride of mine forever,
    Once I had within my power,
    Caught her in Wellamo's grottoes,
    Led her to my boat of copper,
    With my fish-line made of silver;
    But alas! I could not keep her,
    Did not know that I had caught her
    Till too late to woo and win her;
    Let her slip between my fingers
    To the home of water-maidens,
    To the kingdom of Wellamo."

    Wainamoinen then departed,
    Empty-handed, heavy-hearted,
    Straightway hastened to his country,
    To his home in Kalevala,
    Spake these words upon his journey:
    "What has happened to the cuckoo,
    Once the cuckoo bringing gladness,
    In the morning, in the evening,
    Often bringing joy at noontide?
    What has stilled the cuckoo's singing,
    What has changed the cuckoo's calling?
    Sorrow must have stilled his singing,
    And compassion changed his calling,
    As I hear him sing no longer,
    For my pleasure in the morning,
    For my happiness at evening.
    Never shall I learn the secret,
    How to live and how to prosper,
    How upon the earth to rest me,
    How upon the seas to wander!
    Only were my ancient mother
    Living on the face of Northland,
    Surely she would well advise me,
    What my thought and what my action,
    That this cup of grief might pass me,
    That this sorrow might escape me,
    And this darkened cloud pass over."

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    ...which reminds me to start reading my copy of Kalevala

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    The beautiful piece of literature that the Kalevala is. A true masterpiece.

    Death and the Sun.. I hope to see you back here soon- you are quite an asset, my friend.

    Terve !

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    Hope to see you back again. Don't let your absence be over-extended.
    "Life; it kills 100% of those who experience it."

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