Mir wëlle bleiwe wat mir sinn
Mir wëlle bleiwe wat mir sinn or Mir wölle bleiwe wat mir sin (Luxembourgish for "We want to remain what we are" - the second version being in the old spelling) is the national motto of Luxembourg. It refers to the ambition of the Luxembourgish people to remain separate from, and independent of, those neighbouring countries around it that have traditionally tried to dominate it politically, economically as well as militarily and, as final goal, to annex it: Belgium, France, and Germany ( Prussia before the first German unification of 1870-71).
The phrase's origin can be traced back to De Feierwon, a patriotic song written in 1859 to pay homage to the first international (cross-border) railroad in the country. Its chorus reads:
- Kommt hier aus Frankräich, Belgie, Preisen,
- Mir wellen iech ons Hémecht weisen,
- Frot dir no alle Säiten hin,
- Mir welle bleiwe wat mir sin.
In English, this reads:
- Come here from France, Belgium, Prussia,
- we want to show you our fatherland
- ask in all directions,
- We want to remain what we are.
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