Thursday, October 11, 2007

Just because...

I know there are so many of you out there who would like the words to the Russian National Anthem of the l9th century, "God Save the Tsar," here it is for you in Library of Congress-certified transliteration:

"Bo' zhe, tsaria' khrani',
sil'nyi, derzhav'nyi,
tsar' stvui na sla'vu, na sla'vu

Repeat the first verse, then

Tsar'stvui na stra'kh vragam',
Tsar' Prav' oslavnyi,
Bo'zhe tsaria', tsaria, khrani!

In the vernacular, that would be...

God, save the Tsar!
(keep him)strong and wise,
Let him rule for the glory of us all!

Rule to frighten our enemies,
O Orthodox Tsar!
God Save the Tsar.

If you want to hear the anthem with the words, go to Google and look for Russian National Anthems page, where you can also find the words and music to several versions of the old Soviet anthem.


german said...

so why did they not change them once the czar was gone?

buckarooskidoo said...

hi, they actually changed the whole anthem, and they kept it after the fall of the regime...putin just changed the words.