“I am driven by my longing,
And my understanding urges
That I should commence my singing,
And begin my recitation.
I will sing the people’s legends,
And the ballads of the nation.
To my mouth the words are flowing,
and the words are gently falling,
Quickly as my tongue can shape them,
And between my teeth emerging.”
Kalevala (translated by W. F. Kirby)