At 9 pm I attended the Evening Mass in Oslo Domkirke. It was a beautiful Mass. It was so peaceful to attend mass during such a difficult time.
This song has become very important to the Norwegians in this time of grief.
To the Young (Til Ungdommen) by Nordahl Grieg.
Lyrics translated below.
To the young
Surrounded by enemies, go into your time!
Under a bloody storm – devote yourself to fight!
Maybe you ask in fear, uncovered, open:
with what shall I fight what is my weapon?
Here is your defense against violence here is your sword:
the belief in our life, the worth of mankind.
For all our future’s sake, seek it and cultivate it,
die if you must – but: increase it and strengthen it!
Silently goes the grenades’ conveyor belts
Stop their drift towards death. Stop them with spirit!
War is contempt for life. Peace is to create.
Throw your strength into it: Death shall lose!
Love and enrich with dreams, all that was great!
Go towards the unknown, wring answers out of it.
Unbuilt power plants, unknown stars.
Create them, with spared lives’ bold brains!
Noble is mankind, the earth is rich!
If there is need and hunger it is by deceit.
Crush it! In the name of life injustice shall fall.
Sunshine and bread and mind is possessed by all.
Then the weapons sink powerless to the ground!
We create human worth we create peace.
Those who in the right arm, carry a burden,
precious and inalienable, can not murder.
This is our promise from brother to brother:
We will be good to humanity’s earth.
We will take care of the beauty, the warmth
as if we carried a child carefully in our arms!