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This is a popular lullaby written by scholar Sveinbjörn Egilsson (1791–1852).
Quack, quack and flap1. birdie 2. imitating the quacks swans makeBí bí andog flapblaka,
the swans quack"Álft" is a prettier synonym of "svanur"the swansálftirnar quackkvaka,
I pretend to sleepIég pretendlæt assem Iég sleepsofi,
but still I'll stay awakebuten stillsamt willmun Iég be awake, stay awakevaka.
(meaningless nursery rhyme)Bíum bíum bamba,
the small children waddlethe childrenbörnin small, littlelitlu waddle, staggerramba (waddle)
onto several mountain crestsforwardfram oná crests of mountains, peaks of a mountainfjallakamba (crests of mountains)
looking for lambsto searchað leita for themselvessér genitive plurallambslamba.
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