The history of Croatia’s glorious national anthem ‘Our Beautiful Homeland’

14 June 2021, 13:50

The historical past, lyrics and that means of Croatia’s nationwide anthem ‘Our Gorgeous Hometown’. Image: Getty

Through Sian Moore

‘Our Gorgeous Hometown’ has swept the rustic for centuries, however used to be most effective made Croatia’s authentic anthem within the Seventies.

Croatia’s national anthem, ‘Lijepa naša domovino’ (‘Our Gorgeous Hometown’), sings of the rustic’s good looks and glory, and a deep love of the herbal land.

The lyrics originate from a poem, ‘Horvatska domovina’ (‘Croatian place of origin’), written by means of Antun Mihanović in 1835.

Simply over a decade later in 1846, Austrian composer Josip Runjanin set the phrases to a melody, supposedly impressed by means of the recitative ‘Ah! O sole, più ratto’ from Donizetti’s opera Lucia di Lammermoor.

Runjanin’s military bandmaster, Josip Wendl, later repurposed the track for an army brass orchestra.

The music used to be most effective followed as Croatia’s authentic national anthem in 1972, amongst different amendments to the Charter of Croatia.

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What are the lyrics to Croatia’s nationwide anthem in English?

Our gorgeous place of origin,
Oh so fearless and gracious,
Our fathers’ historical glory,
Would possibly you be blessed ceaselessly.

Expensive, you might be our most effective glory,
Expensive, you might be our just one,
Expensive, we like your plains,
Expensive, we like your mountains.

Drava, Sava, stay on flowing,
Danube, don’t lose your vigour,
Deep blue sea, inform the sector,
{That a} Croat loves his place of origin.

While his fields are kissed by means of sunshine,
While his oaks are whipped by means of wild winds,
While his expensive ones pass to heaven,
While his reside center beats

What are the lyrics to Croatia’s nationwide anthem?

Lijepa naša domovino,
Oj, junačka zemljo mila,
Stare slave djedovino,
Da bi vazda sretna bila!

Mila kano si nam slavna,
Mila si nam ti jedina,
Mila kuda si nam ravna,
Mila kuda si planina!

Teci, Dravo, Savo, teci,
Nit’ ti, Dunav, silu gubi,
Sinje extra, svijetu reci
Da svoj narod Hrvat ljubi

Dok mu njive sunce grije,
Dok mu hrašće bura vije,
Dok mu mrtve grobak krije,
Dok mu živo srce bije