Sleep Little Willow, it’s still winter.
Illustrated poem about trees in winter, early 1900s, Nationalmuseum
Elsa Beskow (1874 - 1953)
Artemis: It’s an illustration for a poem written by Zachris Topelius. Sleep, you little willow young; still it is the winter. :)
Sof, du lilla videung; än så är det vinter.
Än så sofva björk och ljung, ros och hyacinther.
Än så är det långt till vår,
Innan rönn i blomma står.
Sof, du lilla videung, än så är det vinter.
(“Sleep, you little willow young; still it is the winter.
So sleep yet, birch and roses, hyacinths and heather.
For it’s long until the spring,
Ere the rowans flowers bring.
Sleep, you little willow young, for it’s still the winter.”)
Sunshine continues: “When I gaze at you, the sap begins to rise out into your fine bark, you get warm around your frozen heart, and feel something in the air, which tells you the spring is coming. Yes, so is it (sings:)
Solskens öga ser på dig; solskens famn dig vaggar.
Snart blir grönt på skogens stig, snart hvar blomma flaggar.
Än en liten solskensbön:
Vide liten blir så grön.
Solskens öga ser dig; solskens famn dig vaggar.
(“Eye of Sunshine gaze at you; in Sunshine’s lap you rock.
Soon will green the forest path, raising every bloom aloft.
Yet a little Sunshine-plea:
Willow little, be so green.
Eye of Sunshine gaze at you; in Sunshine’s lap you rock.”)
From Wiki: ”Sov du lilla vide ung (English: “Sleep, you little willow young”), otherwise known as Videvisan (“Willow song”) or Solskenets visan (“Sunshine’s song”) is a poem by the author Zachris Topelius which was first published in the ninth issue of the children’s magazine Trollsländan (“Dragonfly”) on February 27, 1869.
Topelius is considered to be the first author of Swedish-language literature specifically intended for children. From the 1840s till his death he wrote some 230 poems, songs, stories and fairy tales. He was also the first in Scandinavia to write plays for children. He appeared widely, including in Trollsländan, with columns under the heading Vinterlek (“Winter play”). He intended the pieces he wrote to become a part of children’s play, not to be used as theatrical performances.
Sov du lilla vide ung was part of just such a small children’s play entitled Stormen och Solskenet (“The storm and the sunshine”). The introduction describes the main role of the “Sunshine” character.”
"Sunshine is a small white-clad girl with pink cloth or veil. She sits on a rock and eats away at the snow all around her. In her hand she carries a spindle, onto which she spins red silk. She seems kind, and her eyes are filled with delight." Zachris Topelius, Stormen och Solskenet"