ROMANIAN NATIONAL ANTHEM
Raise up Romanian
Raise up, Romanian, from your deadly slumber,
In which barbaric tyrants kept you so long by force!
Now or never is the time for you to have a new fate,
Which should command respect of even your cruel enemies.
Now or never is the time for us to prove to the entire world
That in these arms a Roman blood still flows,
And that in our hearts we proudly keep a name
Triumphant in all battles, the name of Trajan.
Behold, glorious shadows, Mihai, Stephen, Corvin,
That is the Romanian nation, your own great-grandsons,
With weapons in their hands, your fire in their veins,
All shouting, "We want to live in freedom, or else better die!"
Priests carry the cross ahead! The army is all Christian,
Its banner is called freedom and its ideal is sacred,
We'd rather die in battle, and do it in full glory,
Than live again like slaves in our dear old land.
Adopted in 1990
Words by ANDREI MURESANU (1816-1863)
Music by ANTON PANN (1796-1854)
The Hymn, as a literary type, is very old in the universal literature, and at first it exalted the legendary heroes. Its name comes from the Greek word hymnos, and it has the meaning of “victory, glory”.
Only in the XIXth century the National Hymns and then the International Ones appear.
The National Hymn was born at the same time with the birth of the modern nations.
These are patriotic songs, solemn ones, adopted by the modern states, and they express the ideals for national unity of the people, its desire of liberty and its solidarity.
Because of their meaning of a people’s national unity, and of their social meaning, the hymns can be also international referring to whole social categories. Such an example is “Gaudeamus Sigitus- the Students` hymn”, the Olympic Hymn, or the European Union is Hymn.
As songs of victory, glory, the hymns have been played on music and also sung, their lyrics have a solemn tone and mobilizing upsurge. If the poem and the music mirror the soul of a people, then the hymn, and the flag, represent the identity card of the nation through which it opens to the world. By analysing the hymn, we can understand the past, the present and also the future of a nation. It is the real “property” of a people, and it can’t be given to anyone.
In our world, so hasty, and dominated by union, concerning the material interest, we have the impression we are very faraway from our ancestors that sleep in the land of our country; but, the hymn it has the purpose of reminding has images when we hear and feeling which we thought long forgotten. This is the way, the hymn supports the patriotic feeling and the link with the land where we born.
Of course, the hymn has another educative value. Through it we can get to know the “others” images and we respect the people. Each time, a hymn is sung at International contest and when the people stand and listen to it full of respect, we have the strong belief that people can live together in joy and happiness. Maybe through this magical song we will live together “different but together”.
Since 1989, after the Romanian Revolution, “Raise Up, Romanian” became the Hymn of Romania. Although a national hymn since 1989, the poem has a much older history. Is both certificate is in 1848 during the revolutionary “fire” of the Europe. Then, Andrei Muresanu, wrote the poem called “An echo” (poem also known as “Raise up, Romanian”) the poem was sung on a Anton Pann` tine. It will turn to be the Romanian Revolutionaries` March, a real Romanian Marseillaise, as N.B. songs.
Since then “Raise up, Romanian” will accompany our people’s history Romanian had for short periods of time come and left, but “Raise up Romanian” remained as the most commanding on its proper place.