Dio vi salvi Regina
Dio vi salvi Regina (Italian for "God save you Queen") is a folk song in the culture of Corsica. The local nationalists also consider it the de facto "national anthem" of Corsica. It is customary to sing it at the end of any concert of Corsican folk music.
It was written as a religious song in Italy by Francis de Geronimo (later canonized) about 1675. It was adopted de facto as the national anthem of Corsica when it proclaimed independence from the Republic of Genoa at Orezza, on 30 January 1735.
Traditionally, a shepherd, Salvadore Costa, is credited with converting the hymn not only to a Corsican anthem, but to a rallying symbol for Corsican independence. It was first performed at the Chapel of St. Mark (San Marco) on 25 April 1720.
The anthem requests the protection of the Virgin Mary, heartily concurred in by the independence leaders. There were a few changes, such as in the second stanza from "disperati" (desperate) to "tribolati" (troubled). The commonly used version's last stanza was an original addition, written in the Corsican language, which makes reference to victory against enemies of Corsica, as to highlight the adopted lyrics' intended use.
|Original text||Corsican translation||French translation||English translation|
Dio vi salvi, Regina
Dìu vi salvi, Regina
Que Dieu vous garde Reine
God save you Queen
|Text||IPA (Northen Corsican)|
Diu vi salvi Regina
diu vi 'zalvi re'ʤina
- Antonini, Paulu, L'origine di u Dio vi Salvi Regina – les origines du Dio vi Salvi Regina, Accademia corsa
- Redazione (8 December 2015). "Dio vi salvi Regina, un canto mariano inno della Nazione Corsa". Corsica Oggi (in Italian). Retrieved 3 July 2019.
- http://www.polyhymnion.org/lieder/images/diuvisalvi.mid Midi file of "Diu vi salvi Regina"
- http://www.polyhymnion.org/lieder/images/diuvisalvi.pdf Score-PDF file of "Diu vi salvi Regina"