National Anthem of Costa Rica

National Anthem of Costa Rica

Noble patria, tu hermosa bandera
expresión de tu vida nos da;
bajo el límpido azul de tu cielo
blanca y pura descansa la paz.

En la lucha tenaz, de fecunda labor
que enrojece del hombre la faz,
conquistaron tus hijos
labriegos sencillos
eterno prestigio, estima y honor. (bis)

ˇSalve, o tierra gentil!
ˇSalve, o madre de amor!
Cuando alguno pretenda
tu gloria manchar,
verás a tu pueblo valiente y viril,
la tosca herramienta en arma trocar.

Salve oh Patria tu pródigo suelo,
dulce abrigo y sustento nos da;
bajo el límpido azul de tu cielo
ˇvivan siempre el trabajo y la paz!

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English Translation
Noble homeland, your beautiful flag
Proof of your life it gives us
Under the unsullied blue of your skies,
Peace rests, white and pure.
In the tenacious struggle of fruitful toil,
That which brings a glow to men's faces,
Your sons, simple farm hands,
Gained eternal renown, esteem and honor.
Eternal renown, esteem and honor.

Hail, gentle homeland!
Hail, mother of love!
When anyone should attempt to besmirch your glory,
You will see your people, valiant and virile,
The rustic tool into a weapon transform.

Hail, O homeland! Your prodigal soil
Sweet shelter and sustenance gives us.
Under the unsullied blue of your sky,
May peace and labor ever live!

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The National anthem of Costa Rica invokes the spirit of patriotism amongst the people of the nation. A public competition was held in 1903, in order to choose the lyrics of the national antem. Mr. Jose Maria Zeledon won the contest and the lyrics of the National anthem of Costa Rica were written by him. The music of the anthem was composed by Manuel Maria Gutierrez who was the director of the National Army Orchestra in Costa Rica. Music of the National anthem was originally adopted in the year 1853 and played for the first time at the Presidential Palace (Casa de Gobierno) on 11 June, 1852.

The first rendition of the National anthem of Costa Rica was on 15 September, 1903. The lyrics of the official version of the anthem are in Spanish, which is also the country's official language. In spite of its common use, the National anthem of Costa Rica attained official status only in the year 1949.

The lyrics of the National address the "campesinos". The "campesinos" were the farmers who had laid the foundation of democracy and development of Costa Rica in the early 20th Century.

 

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