The following poem was written by Jonas Hallgrimsson in 1835. Jonas was working for the cultural and economic revival of Iceland and its independence from Denmark. He is credited with introducing the Romanticism movement in Iceland. Above, you can listen to the poem in Icelandic with English translations.
To waken all the billows on the ocean,
Who crowd toward Iceland with an urgent motion ---
Isle of my birth! where sand and surf are gleaming.
The bluffs of home with all their seabirds calling!
Lovingly, waves, salute the boats out trawling!
Lightly, oh winds, kiss glowing cheeks and tresses!
Fathomless heaven to reach our valleys, bearing
Cargoes of song to sing the hills above:
Under the neat, red-tasselled cap she's wearing,
Greet her devoutly! That's the girl I love.