Himni i Flamurit

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Betimi mbi flamur
English: The Pledge on The Flag
Albanian Anthem Music Sheet.InstrumentalSimple.svg

National anthem of  Albania
LyricsAsdreni, 1912
MusicCiprian Porumbescu
AdoptedNovember 28, 1912
Audio sample
"Hymni i Flamurit" (instrumental, one verse)

"Himni i Flamurit" (sometimes known as "Rreth flamurit tē pērbashkuar" and "Betimi mbi flamur") is the national anthem of Albania. Its music was adapted from an original composition by the Romanian composer Ciprian Porumbescu, for the song "Pe-al nostru steag e scris Unire" (or "E scris pe tricolor unire").[1] The words were written by the Albanian poet Asdreni (Aleksandër Stavre Drenova), and are close to the original Romanian lyrics which Andrei Bârseanu wrote for Porumbescu's piece.

History[edit]

The hymn was first published as a poem in Liri e Shqipërisë (English: Freedom of Albania), an Albanian newspaper in Sofia, Bulgaria, on April 21, 1912. The original title of the poem was "Betimi mbi flamur" ("The Pledge on the Flag").[2] It was later printed in a volume of poems by Drenova titled Ëndra e lotë (in English: Dreams and tears), which was published in Bucharest. According to Lasgush Poradeci's memoirs, the anthem, created by the adaptation of the text to the music, was not originally intended to be a national anthem, but it was so well liked by the people that it was proclaimed as the national anthem in 1912, and it was with its music that the Albanian flag was raised during the Albanian Proclamation of Independence in 1912 in Vlore, Albania.[2]

Music[edit]

A Hungarian musicologist, György Ligeti, opined that the music composed by Porumbescu is rooted in Germanic and Austrian musical traditions, though this is not a definitive groundbreaking explanation of its influence and later creation. It is a view based on Porumbescu's musical education, since he had studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. The view has been shared by Albanian musicologist, Ramadan Sokoli.[2]

Lyrics and translation[edit]

There are two versions that are often performed: a long one and a short one. Below is the text for the long version. The second stanza is considered as refrain and is repeated at the end. The short version makes use of the first two stanzas only and repeats the last two verses of the second stanza. Usually, in sportive events among national teams, the short version is the one officially used (the original poem has three more stanzas that are not part of the anthem – which are added at the end).

Albanian
IPA transcription
English translation

Rreth flamurit të përbashkuar
Me një dëshirë e një qëllim,
Të gjith' atij duke u betuar
Të lidhim besën për shpëtim.
𝄆 Prej lufte veç ay largohet
Që është lindur tradhëtor,
Kush është burrë nuk friksohet,
Por vdes, por vdes si një dëshmor! 𝄇[a]

Në dorë armët do t'i mbajmë,
Të mbrojmë atdheun në çdo kënd,
Të drejtat tona ne s'i ndajmë;
Këtu armiqtë s'kanë vënd!
Se Zoti vetë e tha me gojë
Që kombe shuhen përmbi dhe,
Po Shqipëria do të rrojë;
Për të, për të luftojmë ne!

O Flamur, flamur, shenj' e shenjtë
tek ti betohemi këtu
për Shqipërinë, atdheun e shtrenjtë,
për nder' edhe lavdimn e tu.
Trim burrë quhet dhe nderohet
atdheut kush iu bë therror.
Përjetë ai do të kujtohet
mbi dhe, nën dhe si një shenjtor!

[rɛθ̟ fla.mu.ɾit tə pəɾ.baʃ.ku.aɾ]
[mɛ ɲə də.ʃiɾ ɛ ɲə c͡çə.ɫim |]
[tə ɟ͡ʝiθ̟ a.tij du.kɛ u bɛ.tu.aɾ]
[tə li.ð̟im bɛ.sən pəɾ ʃpə.tim ‖]
𝄆 [pɾɛj luf.tɛ vɛt͡ʃ a.i laɾ.gɔ.hɛt]
[c͡çə əʃ.tə lin.duɾ tɾa.ð̟ə.tɔɾ |]
[kuʃ əʃ.tə bu.rə nuk fɾik.sɔ.hɛt |]
[pɔɾ vdɛs | pɔɾ vdɛs si ɲə dəʃ.mɔɾ ‖] 𝄇[a]

[nə dɔ.ɾə aɾ.mət dɔ ti mbaj.mə |]
[tə mbɾɔj.mə at.ð̟ɛ.un nə t͡ʃdɔ kənd |]
[tə dɾɛj.tat tɔ.na nɛ si ndaj.mə |]
[kə.tu aɾ.mic͡ç.tə ska.nə vənd ‖]
[sɛ zɔ.ti vɛ.tə ɛ θ̟a mɛ gɔ.jə]
[c͡çə kɔm.bɛ ʃu.hɛn pəɾm.bi ð̟ɛ |]
[pɔ ʃc͡çi.pə.ɾi.a dɔ tə rɔ.jə |]
[pəɾ tə | pəɾ tə luf.tɔj.mə nɛ ‖]

[ɔ fla.muɾ | fla.muɾ ʃɛɲ ɛ ʃɛɲ.tə]
[tɛk ti bɛ.tɔ.hɛ.mi kə.tu]
[pəɾ ʃc͡çi.pə.ɾi.nə | at.ð̟ɛ.un ɛ ʃtɾɛɲ.tə |]
[pəɾ ndɛɾ ɛ.ð̟ɛ lav.dimn ɛ tu ‖]
[tɾim bu.rə c͡çu.hɛt ð̟ɛ ndɛ.ɾɔ.hɛt]
[at.ð̟ɛ.ut kuʃ i.u bə θ̟ɛ.rɔɾ ‖]
[pəɾ.jɛ.tə a.i dɔ tə kuj.tɔ.hɛt]
[mbi ð̟ɛ | nən ð̟ɛ si ɲə ʃɛɲ.tɔɾ ‖]

Around our flag we stand united,
With one wish and one goal,
A sacred oath we bestow upon it
Proclaiming loyalty for our salvation.
𝄆 From war abstains only he,
Who a traitor is born,
He who is a true man is not frightened,
But dies a warrior to the cause. 𝄇[a]

With weapons in our hands a-brandished,
We will defend our fatherland,
Our sacred rights we’ll not relinquish,
The foe has no place in our land.
For God himself proclaimed:
The nations of the earth shall wane,
And yet will live, will thrive Albania.
For you, for you we fight.

O Flag, flag, you sacred symbol
upon you we now swear
for Albania, our dear fatherland
for honour and your glory.
Brave man is named and honoured
the one who sacrificed himself for the fatherland
Forever he will be remembered
on earth and under as a saint!

In other alphabets[edit]

Albanian has historically been written in a number of different alphabets.

Bashkimi alphabet Istanbul alphabet Greek alphabet (Arvanitic)

Rréth flamurit te perbashkuar
Me gne deshir' é gne cellim,
Te ghith' atij duké u betuar
Te lidhim bésen per shpetim.
Prej lufté vech ai largohét
Ce eshte lindur tradhetor,
Kush eshte burre nuk friksohét,
Por vdés, por vdés si gne Deshmor!

Ne dore armet do t'i mbajme,
Te mbrojme atdhéun ne chdo kend,
Te dréjtat tona né s'i ndajme;
Ketu armicte s'kane vend!
Sé Zoti véte é tha mé goje
Ce kombé shuhén permbi dhé,
Po Shciperia do te rroje;
Per te, per te luftojme né!

O Flamur, flamur, shégn' é shégnte
Ték ti bétohémi ketu
Per Shciperine, atdhéun é shtrégnte,
Per ndér' édhé lavdimn é tu.
Trim burre cuhét dhé ndérohét
Atdhéut kush iu be thérror.
Perjéte ai do te kujtohét
Mbi dhé, nen dhé si gne shégntor!

Ρεθ flamurit te perbaσkuar
Me ŋe deσir ε ŋe qeλim,
Te γiθ atij dukε u betuar
Te liδim bεsen per σpetim.
Prej luftε veç ai largohεt
Qe eσte lindur traδetor,
Kuσ eσte buρe nuk friksohεt,
Por vdεs, por vdεs si ŋe Deσmor!

Ne dore armet do ti mbajme,
Te mbrojme atδεun ne çdo kend,
Te drεjtat tona nε si ndajme;
Ketu armiqte skane vend!
Sε Zoti vεte ε θa mε goje
Qe kombε σuhεn permbi δε,
Po iperia do te ρoje;
Per te, per te luftojme nε!

O Flamur, flamur, σεŋ ε σεŋte
Tεk ti bεtohεmi ketu
Per Ϲqiperine, atδεun ε σtrεŋte,
Per ndεr εδε lavdimn ε tu.
Trim buρe quhεt δε ndεrohεt
Atδεut kuσ iu be θερor.
Perjεte ai do te kujtohεt
Mbi δε, nen δε si ŋe σεŋtor!

Ρρεθ φλαμȣριτ τε̱ πε̱ρbασ̈κȣaρ
Με̱ ν̇ε̱ dε̱σ̈ιρ ε ν̇ε̱ κ̇ε̱λλιμ,
Τε̱ γ̇ιθ ατιj dȣκε ȣ bε̱τȣαρ
Τε̱ λιδιμ bεσε̱ν πε̱ρ σ̈πε̱τιμ.
Πρε̱j λȣφτε βε̱τσ̈ αι λαργοχετ
κ̇ε̱ ε̱σ̈τε̱ λινdȣρ τραδε̱τορ,
Κȣσ̈ ε̱σ̈τε̱ bȣρρε̱ νε̱κ φριξοχετ,
Πορ δdες, πορ δdες σι ν̇ε̱ Dε̱σ̈μορ!

Νε̱ dορε̱ αρμε̱τ dο τι μbαjμε̱,
Τε̱ μbροjμε̱ ατδεȣν νε̱ τσ̈ο κε̱νd!
Τε̱ dρεjτατ τονα νε σι νdαjμε̱;
Κε̱τȣ αρμικ̇τε̱ σκανε̱ βε̱νd!
Σε Ζοτι βετε̱ ε θα με γοjε̱
κ̇ε̱ κομbε σ̈ȣχεν πε̱ρμbι δε,
Πο ιπε̱ρια dο τε̱ ρροjε̱;
Πε̱ρ τε̱, πε̱ρ τε̱ λȣφτοjμε̱ νε!

Ο Φλαμȣρ, φλαμȣρ, σ̈εν̇ ε σ̈εν̇τε̱
Τεκ τι bετοχεμι κε̱τȣ
Πε̱ρ Σ̈κ̇ιπε̱ρινε̱, ατδεȣν ε σ̈τρεν̇τε̱,
Πε̱ρ νdερ εδε λαβdιμν ε τȣ.
Τριμ bȣρρε̱ κ̇ȣχετ δε νδεροχετ
Ατδεȣτ κȣσ̈ ιȣ bε̱ θερρορ.
Πε̱ρjετε̱ αι dο τε̱ κȣjτοχετ
Μbι δε, νε̱ν δε σι ν̇ε̱ σ̈εν̇τορ!

Proposed state anthem of Romania[edit]

During the Socialist era in Romania, President Ceaușescu proposed the song "E scris pe tricolor unire" ("Unity Is Written On The Tricolor"), to be the state anthem of Romania. The lyrics proposed were highly communist, and therefore was rejected.[3]

Lyrics[edit]

Romanian English translation

E scris pe tricolor unire
Pe roșul steag liberator
Prin luptă sub a lor umbrire
Spre comunism urcăm în zbor
Acel ce-n luptă grea se teme
Nu stă între învingători
Iar noi, uniți în orice vreme
Am fost, vom fi biruitori

Viteji, străbunii apărară
Pe dragul românesc meleag
Noi nu aflăm dușmani în șară
Primind prietenii cu drag
În cartea Comunistă scrie
Că asuprirea va pieri
Prin noi, iubita Românie
Mereu, în veci va înflori

Stăpân pe-al său destin, poporul
De viață dreaptă făurar
Clădește falnic viitorul
Urmând partidul unitar
Tu, Românie socialistă
În lume, mândră vei sui
În era nouă comunistă
Etern, etern vei dăinui

Unity is written on the tricolour
On liberator’s red flag
Through battles beneath their shade
To communism we climb in flight
He who grows afraid in battle
Is not among the conquerors
But we, united in all weather
Have been and shall be victorious

Bravely, our ancestors defended
The dear Romanian land
In our country, we have no enemies
We accept our friends with love
In the communist book it is written
Exploitation shall reach its end
Through us, beloved Romania
Will flourish in eternity

Masters of their destiny, the people
Are forging a correct life
Building a glorious future
Following the uniting party
You, socialist Romania
In the world, shall proudly climb
In the new communist era
Eternally you shall thrive

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Only when the first verse alone is performed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Himni kombëtar". Web.archive.org. 2009-10-26. Archived from the original on October 26, 2009. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  2. ^ a b c Tole, Vasil. "Edhe një herë rreth himnit tonë kombëtar". Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  3. ^ Imnurile de stat ale tarilor din Uniunea Europeana [State hymns of countries in the European Union] (in Romanian). Cristian Petru Bălan.

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