National Anthem of Russia
Rossiya — svyashchennaya nasha derzhava,
Rossiya — lyubimaya nasha strana.
Moguchaya volya, velikaya slava —
Tvoyo dostoyanye na vse vremena!
Slavsya, Otechestvo nashe svobodnoye,
Bratskikh narodov soyuz vekovoy,
Predkami dannaya mudrost narodnaya!
Slavsya, strana! My gordimsya toboy!
Ot yuzhnykh morey do polyarnogo kraya
Raskinulis nashi lesa i polya.
Odna ty na svete! Odna ty takaya —
Khranimaya Bogom rodnaya zemlya!
Shirokiy prostor dlya mechty i dlya zhizni.
Gryadushchiye nam otkryvayut goda.
Nam silu dayot nasha vernost Otchizne.
Tak bylo, tak yest i tak budet vsegda!
Russia – our sacred homeland,
Russia – our beloved country.
A mighty will, a great glory –
These are your heritage for all time!
From the southern seas to the polar lands
Spread are our forests and fields.
You are unique in the world, one of a kind –
This native land protected by God!
Wide spaces for dreams and for living
Are opened for us by the coming years
Our loyalty to the Fatherland gives us strength.
Thus it was, thus it is and thus it always will be!
The present day national song of Russia is actually an adaptation of the national hymn of the then Soviet Union of 1944, with music composed by Alexander Alexandrov and the lyrics written by the famous Russian federalist Sergey Mikhalkov, a visionary writer whose writings inspired people to participate in the subsequent Russian revolutions. Before ‘Molitva russkikh' was selected as the national anthem of the then Imperial Russia the religious hymns sung in praise of Tsar, the royal family of Russia, was widely accepted as the national anthem. In 1833, Zhukovsky along with Alexei Fyodorovich Lvov composed together ‘The Russian People's Prayer'. In 1833, Zhukovsky was asked to write lyrics for a musical composition by Alexei Fyodorovich Lvov titled ‘The Russian People's Prayer' which was well appreciated by Nicholas I and he made certain changes and later chose “God Save the Tsar", to be the next national anthem of Russia. After the downfall of Tsar, ‘Worker's Marseillaise,' inspired by French work La Marseillaise was unofficially accepted as national anthem of Russia. In the subsequent years 1918, 1922, 1944, efforts were made to compose a well written national anthem. But the debate for the national anthem of Russia seems to be unending as it is surrounded by lots of controversary.
In this national anthem, Russia is glorified as a mighty sacred land where people have lived since the ancient ages in perfect harmony. The scenic geographical features of the vast land of Russia find a special mention in this national song. Also, the songs end with a promise for better prosperous days ahead.
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