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Thread #131190   Message #2957711
Posted By: Genie
03-Aug-10 - 10:00 PM
Thread Name: National Anthems you may have missed
Subject: RE: national anthems you may have missed
I love the Norwegian National Anthem - or at least the one that's their "national hymn"

Ja, Vi Elsker Dette Landet (Yes, We Love This Land. (Subtitles accompany this a cappella rendition.)

The tune is very powerful and stirring and it's relatively easy for an English speaker to sing (compared to a lot of non-European, non-Hispanic anthems.)

Here are the three verses most commonly sung:
        
Ja, vi elsker dette landet,        som det stiger frem,
furet, værbitt over vannet,         med de tusen hjem.        
Elsker, elsker det og tenker        på vår far og mor        
og den saganatt som senker        drømmer på vår jord,        
og den saganatt som senker,        senker drømmer på vår jord.        

Yes, we love this land,         as it rises forth,
rugged, weathered, above the sea, with the thousand homes.
Love, love it and think of our father and mother
and the night saga that sends dreams to our earth,
and the night saga that sends,sends dreams to our earth.


Norske mann i hus og hytte, takk din store Gud!
Landet ville han beskytte, skjønt det mørkt så ut.
Alt hva fedrene har kjempet, mødrene har grett,
har den Herre stille lempet så vi vant vår rett,
har den Herre stille lempet så vi vant vår rett.

Norseman in house and cabin,
thank your great God!
He wanted to protect the country,
although things looked dark.
Fathers have fought all the fights,
and mothers have wept,
The Lord quietly moved
So we won our rights.
The Lord quietly moved, moved
So we won our rights.


Ja, vi elsker dette landet,        som det stiger frem,
furet, værbitt over vannet,        
med de tusen hjem.        
Og som fedres kamp har hevet
det av nød til seir,
også vi, når det blir krevet,
for dets fred slår leir.
også vi, når det blir krevet,
for dets fred slår leir.

Yes, we love this country as it rises forth,
rugged, weathered, above the sea, with those thousand homes.
And as our fathers' struggle has raised it from need to victory,
so we, when it is needed, will encamp to defend its peace.