Visit (Besøk) by Jens Bjørneboe

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Good evening friend, I see you came back again!
Would you chat with me tonight?
Would you hear my footsteps and my laughter bright,
and check on my well-being?

You know so well that I am ever faithful,
and you may come whenever you will to me.
In my thoughts you ever will be;
there I have built you a castle.

Sometimes when I sit alone in my house
I almost rejoice because
a great and quiet peace wafts through my mind.
I know then who goes by.

You go by and slowly call for me,
and I'm safe knowing it is you, for
these days your voice can reach me;
nothing else can reach me any more.

Yea, be you assured that I shall come!
One evening when you seek me again,
I shall close all of my books
and stand up and follow you, my friend!

This translation is based on the text as published in 'Den store by' (1958). May 2024. Contact info: