National anthem of Moldova

For the Moldovan public holiday, see Limba noastră (public holiday).
Limba noastră
English: Our Language
Alexei Mateevici, the author of the text on a Moldovan stamp. In the background are seen a some quatrains from the Anthem.

National anthem of
 Moldova

Lyrics Alexei Mateevici
Music Alexandru Cristea
Adopted 1994

Music sample
File:Imnul Republicii Moldova US NAVY.ogg

"Limba noastră" (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈlimba ˈno̯astrə], meaning "Our Language") is the national anthem of the Republic of Moldova since 1994. For a short period before that, the official anthem of the country was Deşteaptă-te, române!, which is also the national anthem of Romania.[1] The lyrics were written by Alexei Mateevici (1888-1917) a month before his death. Mateevici contributed significantly to the national emancipation of Bessarabia. The music for the anthem was composed by Alexandru Cristea (1890-1942).

The focus of "Limba noastră", written in a romantic style, is the national language. It calls for the people to revive the usage of their native language. The poem does not make a named reference to the language; it is only called poetically "our language". "Limba noastră", like "Deşteaptă-te, române!", makes reference to the awakening from the sleep of death: "a people suddenly awaken from the sleep of death" and "awaken, Romanian, from the sleep of death", respectively.

National anthem of Moldova

The original poem contains four stanzas of twelve verses each. For the anthem, the verses were selected and reorganized in five stanzas of four verses each.

Original Moldovan (Romanian)     English translation

Limba noastră-i o comoară
În adâncuri înfundată
Un șirag de piatră rară
Pe moșie revărsată.

Limba noastră-i foc, ce arde
Într-un neam, ce fără veste
S-a trezit din somn de moarte,
Ca viteazul din poveste.

Limba noastră-i frunză verde,
Zbuciumul din codrii veșnici,
Nistrul lin, ce-n valuri pierde
Ai luceferilor sfeșnici.

Limba noastra-i limbă sfântă,
Limba vechilor cazanii,
Care-o plâng și care-o cântă
Pe la vatra lor țăranii.

Răsări-va o comoară
În adâncuri înfundată,
Un șirag de piatră rară
Pe moșie revărsată.

Our language is a treasure
Buried in the deepest sand,
Chain of precious stones that scattered
All over our ancient land.

Our language is flame burning
Amidst brothers, awakened
From a deathly sleep, no warning,
Like the heroes of some legend.

A green leaf is our language,
Sounds of everlasting forests,
Gentle Dniester, which in ripples
Carries morning star's flickers.

Our language is sacred language,
Words of homilies of old
Wept and sung perpetually
In the homesteads of our folk.

A treasure might one day spring
From the deepest of the sand,
Chain of precious stones that scattered
All over our ancient land.

Original Lyrics

Limba noastră is based on a twelve-verse poem. Today, only verses 1, 2, 5, 9, and 12 are used in the national anthem.

Original Moldovan (Romanian)     English translation

Limba noastră-i o comoară
În adîncuri înfundată
Un şirag de piatră rară
Pe moşie revărsată.

Limba noastră-i foc ce arde
Într-un neam, ce fără veste
S-a trezit din somn de moarte
Ca viteazul din poveste.

Limba noastră-i numai cântec,
Doina dorurilor noastre,
Roi de fulgere, ce spintec
Nouri negri, zări albastre.

Limba noastră-i graiul pâinii,
Când de vânt se mişcă vara;
In rostirea ei bătrânii
Cu sudori sfinţit-au ţara.

Limba noastră-i frunză verde,
Zbuciumul din codrii veşnici,
Nistrul lin, ce-n valuri pierde
Ai luceferilor sfeşnici.

Nu veţi plânge-atunci amarnic,
Că vi-i limba prea săracă,
Şi-ţi vedea, cât îi de darnic
Graiul ţării noastre dragă.

Limba noastră-i vechi izvoade.
Povestiri din alte vremuri;
Şi citindu-le 'nşirate, -
Te-nfiori adânc şi tremuri.

Limba noastră îi aleasă
Să ridice slava-n ceruri,
Să ne spiue-n hram şi-acasă
Veşnicele adevăruri.

Limba noastra-i limbă sfântă,
Limba vechilor cazanii,
Care o plâng şi care o cântă
Pe la vatra lor ţăranii.

Înviaţi-vă dar graiul,
Ruginit de multă vreme,
Stergeţi slinul, mucegaiul
Al uitării 'n care geme.

Strângeţi piatra lucitoare
Ce din soare se aprinde -
Şi-ţi avea în revărsare
Un potop nou de cuvinte.

Răsări-va o comoară
În adâncuri înfundată,
Un şirag de piatră rară
Pe moşie revărsată.

A treasure is our language that surges
From deep shadows of the past,
Chain of precious stones that scattered
All over our ancient land.

A burning flame is our language
Amidst a people waking
From a deathly sleep, no warning,
Like the brave man of the stories.

Our language is made of songs
From our soul's deepest desires,
Flash of lighting striking swiftly
Through dark clouds and blue horizons.

Our language is the tongue of bread
When the winds blow through the summer,
Uttered by our forefathers who
Blessed the country through their labour.

Our language is the greenest leaf
Of the everlasting forests,
Gentle river Dniester's ripples
Hiding starlight bright and shining.

Utter no more bitter cries now
That your language is too poor,
And you will see with what abundance
Flow the words of our precious country.

Our language is full of legends,
Stories from the days of old.
Reading one and then another
Makes one shudder, tremble and moan.

Our language is singled out
To lift praises up to heaven,
Uttering with constant fervour
Truths that never cease to beckon.

Our language is more than holy,
Words of homilies of old
Wept and sung perpetually
In the homesteads of our folks.

Resurrect now this our language,
Rusted through the years that have passed,
Wipe off filth and mould that gathered
When forgotten through our land.

Gather now the sparkling stone,
Catching bright light from the sun.
You will see the endless flooding
Of new words that overflow.

A treasure will spring up swiftly
From deep shadows of the past,
Chain of precious stones that scattered
All over our ancient land.

Images

References

External links

  • , "Limba noastră", full text of Mateevici's poem (Romanian)
  • State Symbols of the Republic of Moldova - The official page of the Republic of Moldova features a page about the flag and anthem, which include vocal and instrumental versions
  • The Romanian version of the page also contains the music score of the anthem.
  • - Audio of the national anthem of Moldova, with information and lyrics
  • "Romanian Nationalism in the Republic of Moldova" by Andrei Panici, American University in Bulgaria, 2002


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