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Thread #73970   Message #1287568
Posted By: OtherDave
03-Oct-04 - 03:43 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: National Anthem of Liechtenstein
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: National Anthem of Liechtenstein
"...a leftover from pre-Bismarckian times, I suppose..."

As I recall from my long-ago hobby of Fenwickology (the study of small countries), Liechtenstein was allied with neighbor Austria during the Austro-Prussian war. The principality wasn't invited to the peace conference and so technically remained at war with Prussia.

Harder nowadays, since Liechtenstein doesn't have an army and the world doesn't have a Prussia.

I have a photocopy of the anthem from decades ago (no date on the copy, but prior to the "junge Rhein" revision. The second verse is worth quoting for its last line (and only for that):

Wo einst Sankt Luzien Frieden nach Ratien hinein gebracht
Dort an dem Grenzenstein und langs dem jungen Rhein
Steht furchtlos Liechtenstein auf Deutschlands Wacht.


Translation given in the text:
When once St. Lucius brought peace to Ratien
There on the boundary-stone and along the young Rhine
Stands dauntless Liechtenstein, on Germany's guard.)


Which I'm sure helped the Kaiser sleep at night...