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Norwegian National Anthem   

Words: Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson       Music: Rikard Nordraak

 

Norwegian literary great Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, who would win the Nobel prize for literature in 1903,  wrote the lyrics to 'Ja Vi Elsker' between 1859 and 1868. His cousin Rikard Nordraak composed the melody in 1864. It was first performed publicly as Norway's National Anthem on Syttende Mai, May 17, 1864 during the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the constitution. 

 

Ja, Vi Elsker Dette Landet

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Yes, We Love This Land

Ja, vi elsker dette landet

som det stiger frem,

furet, værbitt, over vannet,

med du tusen hjem.

Elsker, elsker det og tenker

på vå far og mor

og den saganatt som senker

drømme på vår jord.

og den saganatt som senker

drømme på vår jord.

 

 

Norske mann i hus og hytte,

tak din store Gud!

Landet ville han beskytte

sjønt det mørt så ut.

Alt hva fedrene har kjempet,

mødrene har grett,

har den Herre stille lempet,

så vi vant vår rett.

har den Herre stille lempet,

så vi vant vår rett.

 

 

Ja, vi elsker dette landet

som det stiger frem,

furet, værbitt, over vannet,

med du tusen hjem!

Og som fedres kamp har hevet

det av nød til seir

også vi når det blir krevet,

for dets fred slår leir.

også vi når det blir krevet,

for dets fred slår leir.

 

Yes, we love with fond devotion

This our land that looms

Rugged, storm-scarred o'er the ocean

With her thousand homes.

Love her, in our love recalling

Those who gave us birth.

And old tales which night, in falling,

Brings as dreams to earth.

And old tales which night, in falling,

Brings as dreams to earth.

 

 

Norsemen whatsoe'er thy station,

Thank thy God whose power

willed and wrought the land's salvation

In her darkest hour.

All our mothers sought with weeping

And our sires in fight,

God has fashioned in His keeping

Till we gained our right.

God has fashioned in His keeping

Till we gained our right.

 

 

Yes, we love with fond devotion

This our land that looms

Rugged, storm-scarred o'er the ocean

With her thousand homes.

And, as warrior sires have made her

Wealth and fame increase,

At the call  we too  will aid her

Armed to guard her peace.

At the call  we too  will aid her

Armed to guard her peace!

 

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O Valdres

Written by Valdres Samband member Gretchen Dokken-Hellie

© Valdres Samband 1998

 

 

O Valdres,  O Valdres, thou home in our hearts.

For immigrant families, an ocean apart.

Your valleys and mountains with lofty peaks high,

The mem'ries we cherish tho' years have gone by;

O Valdres, your beauty is seen by day's light,

Queen of the Valleys, a beacon at night.

 

For you now, O Norge, our hands cross the sea,

We all join together in one family.

Our homeland forever, our homage we give,

From all distant shores wherever we live,

O Norge, you call us from all walk of life,

In peace, love and joy, our hearts now unite.


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