Polish national anthem: what is it and what are its lyrics?
Written as a morale booster, 'Mazurek Dąbrowskiego' ('Poland Is Not Yet Lost') was a rallying call for Polish independence. Here are its lyrics in both English and Polish
What is the Polish National anthem?
The Polish national anthem is 'Mazurek Dąbrowskiego' ('Poland Is Not Yet Lost'). It was officially adopted as the national anthem of Poland in 1926, although it had been its unofficial one since the end of the First World War in 1918
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Who composed the Polish national anthem, Poland Is Not Yet Lost?
The lyrics were written by Józef Wybicki in July 1797 to help boost the morale of the Polish solders serving in the Napoleonic armies under Jan Henryk Dąbrowski. It was hoped that their participation in these wars would help the Poles' case for independence as Poland was partitioned at the time and part of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. The lyrics served to feed the Poles' desire for an independent state and emphasise their belief that the state would not die while they were willing to fight for it. The song became one of Poland's most popular patriotic songs, despite Poland not getting its independence till 1918.
The music is a based on a Polish folk tune, which Wybicki adapted to fit the lyrics.
What are the lyrics to the Polish national anthem, Poland Is Not Yet Lost?
Poland has not yet perished,
So long as we still live.
What the foreign force has taken from us,
We shall with sabre retrieve.
March, march, Dąbrowski,
From Italy to Poland.
Under your command
We shall rejoin the nation.
We'll cross the Vistula, we'll cross the Warta,
We shall be Polish.
Bonaparte has given us the example
Of how we should prevail.
Like Czarniecki to Poznań
After the Swedish annexation,
To save our homeland,
We shall return across the sea.
A father, in tears,
Says to his Basia
Listen, our boys are said
To be beating the tarabans.
What are the Polish lyrics to the national anthem, Mazurek Dąbrowskiego?
Jeszcze Polska nie zginęła,
Kiedy my żyjemy.
Co nam obca przemoc wzięła,
Marsz, marsz, Dąbrowski,
Z ziemi włoskiej do Polski.
Za twoim przewodem
Złączym się z narodem.
Przejdziem Wisłę, przejdziem Wartę,
Dał nam przykład Bonaparte,
Jak zwyciężać mamy.
Jak Czarniecki do Poznania
Po szwedzkim zaborze,
Dla ojczyzny ratowania
Wrócim się przez morze.
Już tam ojciec do swej Basi
Mówi zapłakany –
Słuchaj jeno, pono nasi
Biją w tarabany.
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