Gläns över sjö och strand

This beautiful Christmas song started as an untitled poem by Viktor Rydberg (1828-1895), with the first line forming the title above. It can also be called “Betlehems stjärna” (Bethlehem’s Star)).

In English, it’s often called “Shine over Lakes and Shores” — although I’ve found a poetic translation that offers “Starlight on Sea and Sand” as an evocative alternative!

I know of two melodies for Rydberg’s text, one by Alice Tegnér (1864-1943) and the other by Ivar Widéen (1871-1951). The latter is the one I’m playing here.

If you’d like to play it too, here is sheet music complete with suggested chords (just right-click to save and print the image):

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