"Drømte Mig en Drøm" (I Dreamt a Dream) is a traditional Danish Ballad, dating from somewhere between 1300-1320 AD. It was found on the very last page of a book of Scanian Law called the "Codex Runicus". The entire text is written in Runes (unusual for the time) and in Danish (also unusual as most law texts of the time were written in Latin). It is also the oldest fragment of a Scandinavian Ballad, and the only one provided with the musicical notation as well.

The song tells of a young woman dreaming of silk, fine furs, holding hands and dancing with her lover in the fields, but as each night does, the dream ends when morning comes... and so too ends each verse.

Here I present the piece as a slow love ballad, accompanied on my small Anglo-Saxon Lyre, but it could also be played faster as a dance piece, as many Scandinavian Ballads were meant to be.

Danish is not my native language, so please forgive my pronunciation if it is not correct.
Sheila Louise Wright

Drømte mig en drøm i nat
om silke og ærlig pæl,
bar en dragt så let og glat
i solfaldets strålevæld
-nu vågner den klare morgen

Til de unges flok jeg gik,
jeg droges mod sang og dans.
Trøstigt mødte jeg hans blik
og lagde min hånd i hans
-nu vågner den klare morgen

Alle andre på os så,
de smilede, og de lo.
Snart gik dansen helt i stå,
der dansede kun vi to
-nu vågner den klare morgen

Drømte mig en drøm i nat
om silke og ærlig pæl.
Fjernt han hilste med sin hat
og grå gik min drøm på hæld
-nu vågner den klare morgen

I dreamed a dream last night
Of silk and fine furs,
I wore a dress, so pretty and smooth
In the sun fall's ray springs. (streams of sunlight? sun beams?)
-now the clear morning wakes.

To the young [man's?] flock I went
I was drawn to song and dance
Trustfully I met his look
and put my hand in his.
-now the clear morning wakes.

All the others around us saw,
They smiled and they laughed.
Soon all the dancing stopped
Except for us two.
-now the clear morning wakes.

I dreamed a dream last night
Of silk and fine furs,
Far away he waved his hat [in goodbye]
And grey my dream came to and end.
-now the clear morning wakes.

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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

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