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Dievs, svētī Latviju!

Dievs, svētī Latviju!
English: God, Bless Latvia!

National anthem of  Latvia
Lyrics Kārlis Baumanis, 1873
Music Kārlis Baumanis, 1873
Adopted 1920
Music sample

Dievs, svētī Latviju! (God, Bless Latvia!) is the national anthem of Latvia. The words and music were written by Kārlis Baumanis (Baumaņu Kārlis, 1834–1904).

Contents

  • Composition 1
  • Recordings 2
  • Other uses 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Composition

The music and lyrics were written in 1873 by Kārlis Baumanis, a teacher, who was part of the Young Latvian nationalist movement.[1] It has been speculated that Baumanis may have borrowed part of the lyrics from a popular song which was sung to tune of God Save the Queen, modified them and set them to music of his own. Baumanis's lyrics were different from the modern ones: he used the term "Baltics" synonymously and interchangeably with "Latvia" and "Latvians", so "Latvia" was actually mentioned only at the beginning of the first verse. Later the term "Latvia" was removed and replaced with "Baltics" to avoid a ban on the song. This has led to the misapprehension that the term "Latvia" was not part of the song until 1920, when it was chosen as national anthem and the word "Baltics" was replaced with "Latvia".[2][3]

Official lyrics[4] English translation
Dievs, svētī Latviju!
Mūs' dārgo tēviju
Svētī jel Latviju
Ak, svētī jel to! (repeat)

Kur latvju meitas zied
Kur latvju dēli dzied
Laid mums tur laimē diet
Mūs' Latvijā! (repeat)
God, bless Latvia!
Our beloved fatherland
Bless Latvia
Oh bless it, we beseech thee! (repeat)

Where Latvian daughters bloom
Where Latvian sons sing
Let us dance happily there
In our Latvia! (repeat)

Recordings


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Other uses

Latvian 2 euro coins bear the inscription DIEVS SVĒTĪ LATVIJU around the edge.

See also

References

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External links

  • The National Anthem — the website "Welcome to Latvia" has a page about the national anthem with information, sheet music, and sound files.
  • MIDI version at Wikimedia Commons.
  • - Audio of the national anthem of Latvia, with information and lyricsDievs, svētī Latviju!Latvia:
  • Anthem sung at the Latvian Song and Dance Festival in Latvia
  • Anthem pipe organ recordings of Christian hymns and sung in church
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