Estonian National Anthem

Mu isamaa, mu õnn ja rõõm. 1869


This song, “My Native Land, My Pride and Joy” is the national anthem of the Republic of Estonia since 1920 (reinstated as national anthem in 1990). From 1940 until 1990, Estonia was given a different anthem as part of the Soviet Union. The lyrics were written by Johann Voldemar Jannsen, and the music composed in 1848 by Friedrich Pacius. The song was first performed in public by a choir at the Grand Song Festival in 1869 and became a national symbol.

Mu isamaa, mu õnn ja rõõm,
Mu isamaa, mu õnn ja rõõm,
Kui kaunis oled sa!
Ei leia mina iial tääl
See suure laia ilma pääl,
Mis mull’ nii armas oleks ka
Kui sa, mu isamaa!

Sa oled mind ju sünnitand
Ja üles kasvatand;
Sind tänan mina alati
Ja jään sul truuks surmani!
Mul kõige armsam oled sa,
Mu kallis isamaa!

Su üle Jumal valvaku,
Mu armas isamaa!
Ta olgu sinu kaitseja
Ja võtku rohkest’ õnnista’
Mis iial ette võtad sa,
Mu kallis isamaa!

My native land, my joy, delight,
How fair thou art and bright!
And nowhere in the world all round
Can ever such a place be found
So well beloved as I love thee,
My native country dear!

My little cradle stood on thy soil,
Whose blessings ease my toil.
With my last breath my thanks to thee,
For true to death I’ll ever be,
O worthy, most beloved and fine,
Thou, dearest country mine!

May God in Heaven thee defend,
My best, my dearest land!
May He be guard, may He be shield,
For ever may He bless and wield
O graciously all deeds of thine,
Thou dearest country mine!

The music for the anthem can be heard from the Music link above.


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