Romania National Anthem

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Anthem History

adopted 1990; the anthem was written during the 1848 Revolution

Anthem Lyrics

„Desteapta-te, Romane!“

Desteapta-te, romane, din somnul cel de moarte,


In care te-adancira barbarii de tirani!


Acum ori niciodata croieste-ti alta soarte,


La care sa se-nchine si cruzii tai dusmani!


Acum ori niciodata sa dam dovezi in lume


Ca-n aste mani mai curge un sange de roman,


Si ca-n a noastre piepturi pastram cu fala-un nume


Triumfator in lupte, un nume de Traian!


Priviti, marete umbre, Mihai, Stefan, Corvine,


Romana natiune, ai vostri stranepoti,


Cu bratele armate, cu focul vostru-n vine,


„Viata-n libertate ori moarte!“ striga toti.


Preoti, cu crucea-n frunte! caci oastea e crestina,


Deviza-i libertate si scopul ei preasfant,


Murim mai bine-n lupta, cu glorie deplina,


Decat sa fim sclavi iarasi in vechiul nost' pamant!

Anthem Lyrics English

“Awaken Thee, Romanian!”

Awaken thee, Romanian, shake off the deadly slumber


The scourge of inauspicious barbarian tyrannies


And now or never to a bright horizon clamber


That shall to shame put all your nocuous enemies.


It’s now or never to the world we readily proclaim


In our veins throbs and ancestry of Roman


And in our hearts for ever we glorify a name


Resounding of battle, the name of gallant Trajan.


Do look imperial shadows, Michael, Stephen, Corvinus


At the Romanian nation, your mighty progeny


With arms like steel and hearts of fire impetuous


It’s either free or dead, that’s what they all decree.


Priests, rise the cross, this Christian army’s liberating


The word is freedom, no less sacred is the end


We’d rather die in battle, in elevated glory


Than live again enslaved on our ancestral land.

Romania Flag

Flag Date of Adoption 1834
Flag Symbolism three equal vertical bands of blue (hoist side), yellow, and red; the national coat of arms that used to be centered in the yellow band has been removed; now similar to the flag of Chad, also resembles the flags of Andorra and Moldova

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