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Poem carved in rock

  • Mikkjal á Ryggi, Hýsisá

During the summer of 1909 Mikkjal á Ryggi carved a poem in a rock in the dried up river Hýsisá in the village of Miðvágur.

Mikkjal á Ryggi is well-known for his literary work. This includes poetry, psalms, local history and schoolbooks.
During hay harvest in 1909, Mikkjal, the farmer's son in the farm of "í Beiti" went down to the river Hýsisá, which had probably dried up during the summer - and carved a poem into the hard rock.
Loosely translated:
"Water conquers hard rocks,
Wears down mountains.
The scythe swings, grass falls over,
So also we must fall.
Blood stiffens, the heart stops,
When man expires,
His soul in God’s fair heaven
Will live free and rich."

Over a century later the poem is still there and neither water nor time have managed to wear down Mikkjal's words.

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