I have especially loved learning many of the Swedish folk songs with their love of nature and of God, and I thought this one was appropriate for this group.
Here's the song, translated, called Blomman:
When our Lord creates a flower,
He makes the stem soft and beautiful.
Then He places small leaves upon it;
then His strong hand takes
the color of the earth and the dark dusk
and then blows His spirit into it.
Then the flower stands here,
glowing with clear, loving colors
that came out of God's own hand
to give us joy.
Flower! Flower! Be the joy of my heart!
When our Lord makes a girl,
He does it the same way:
first a beautiful little body, so soft and lean.
The His strong hand takes
all the light color of the earth
and mixes them and creates her soul.
Then the girl stands there glowing
among the Lord's other beautiful flowers
that come from God's own hand.
To comfort us--Girl! Flower!
Be the comfort of my heart!
Art credit: Mother's Sweetheart by Joseph Arpad Koppay (artrenewal.org)
I came across a painting I loved of Hans Christian Andersen reading his story of 'The Angel' to the children of the painter. I posted it on the Enrichment page for Scandinavia along with a link to the story of The Angel...which some scholars think was inspired by Jenny Lind.
Art credit: H.C. Andersen Reads the Story "The Angel" by Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann (Wikimedia Commons)