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  1. As the years passed Väinämöinen 
  2.  Recognized his waning powers, 
  3.  Empty-handed, heavy-hearted,  
  4.  Sang his farewell song to Northland,    
  5.  To the people of Vainola;
  6. (More literally:
  7. Then Väinämöinen was angry and ashamed; he went to the seashore and sang for the last time…)
  8.   Sang himself a boat of copper,
  9.   Beautiful his bark of magic;
  10.   At the helm sat the magician,
  11.   Sat the ancient wisdom-singer.
  12.   Westward, westward, sailed the hero
  13.   O'er the blue-back of the waters,
  14.   Singing as he left Vainola,
  15.   This his plaintive song and echo:
  16.   "Suns may rise and set in Suomi,
  17.   Rise and set for generations,
  18.   When the North will learn my teachings,
  19.   Will recall my wisdom-sayings,
  20.   Hungry for the true religion.
  21.   Then will Suomi need my coming,
  22.   Watch for me at dawn of morning,
  23.   That I may bring back the Sampo,
  24.   Bring anew the harp of joyance,
  25.   Bring again the golden moonlight,
  26.   Bring again the silver sunshine,
  27.   Peace and plenty to the Northland."
  28.   Thus the ancient Väinämöinen,
  29.   In his copper-banded vessel,
  30.   Left his tribe in Kalevala,
  31.   Sailing o'er the rolling billows,
  32.   Sailing through the azure vapours,
  33.   Sailing through the dusk of evening,
  34.   Sailing to the fiery sunset,
  35.   To the higher-landed regions,
  36.   To the lower verge of heaven;
  37.   Quickly gained the far horizon,
  38.   Gained the purple-coloured harbour.
  39.   There his bark be firmly anchored,
  40.   Rested in his boat of copper;
  41.   But he left his harp of magic,
  42.   Left his songs and wisdom-sayings,
  43.   To the lasting joy of Suomi.
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