Bože Pravde

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Боже правде
English: Lord, Give Us Justice
Bože pravde
National anthem of Serbia Serbia
Lyrics Jovan Đorđević, 1872
Music Davorin Jenko, 1872
Music sample

"Bože pravde" (English: "God of Justice", "Lord of Justice"or "Lord, Give Us Justice"[1]) is the official national anthem of Serbia, as defined by the Article 7 of the Constitution of Serbia[2]. "Bože pravde" was the anthem (hymn) of the Principality of Serbia and Kingdom of Serbia all of time except 1918 when Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes was formed. It was reborn by the Parliament of Serbia on August 17, 2004. It was written in 1872 with music by Davorin Jenko and lyrics by Jovan Đorđević. Original source was a piece for the theater play "Marko kazuje na kome je carstvo" (Marko Names The Emperor), and it's famous popularity with public wanted Bože Pravde as the Serbian national anthem. It was also used as an anthem of Republika Srpska, an entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the period of 1991 to 2006, when it was ruled down by the country's constitutional court.

Lyrics[change | edit source]

Serbian Cyrillic Serbian Latin English language (translated)

Боже правде, ти што спасе
од пропасти до сад нас,
чуј и од сад наше гласе
и од сад нам буди спас.

Моћном руком води, брани
будућности српске брод,
Боже спаси, Боже храни,
српске земље, српски род!
Србију нам Боже брани,
моли ти се српски род!

Сложи српску браћу драгу
на свак дичан славан рад,
слога биће пораз врагу
а најјачи српству град.

Нек на српства блиста грани
братске слоге златан плод,
Боже спаси, Боже храни
српске земље, српски род!
Србију нам Боже брани,
моли ти се српски род!

Из мрачнога сину гроба
српске круне нови сјај,
настало је ново доба,
нову срећу Боже дај.

Србију нам Боже брани,
пет вековне борбе плод,
Боже спаси, Боже храни,
српске земље, српски род.
Србију нам Боже брани,
моли ти се српски род.”

Bože pravde, ti što spase
od propasti do sad nas,
čuj i od sad naše glase
i od sad nam budi spas.

Moćnom rukom vodi, brani
budućnosti srpske brod,
Bože spasi, Bože hrani,
srpske zemlje, srpski rod!
Srbiju nam Bože brani,
moli ti se srpski rod!

Složi srpsku braću dragu
na svak dičan slavan rad,
sloga biće poraz vragu
a najjači srpstvu grad.

Nek na srpstva blista grani
bratske sloge zlatan plod,
Bože spasi, Bože hrani
srpske zemlje, srpski rod!
Srbiju nam Bože brani,
moli ti se srpski rod!

Iz mračnoga sinu groba
srpske krune novi sjaj,
nastalo je novo doba,
novu sreću Bože daj.

Srbiju nam Bože brani,
pet vekovne borbe plod,
Bože spasi, Bože hrani,
srpske zemlje, srpski rod.
Srbiju nam Bože brani,
moli ti se srpski rod.

Note: this is a dynamic, not word-for-word
translation of the lyrics.


God of Justice; Thou who saved us
when in deepest bondage cast,
Hear Thy Serbian children's voices,
Be our help as in the past.

With Thy mighty hand sustain us,
Still our rugged pathway trace;
God, our hope; protect and cherish
Serbian lands and Serbian race!

Bind in closest links our kindred
Teach the love that will not fail,
May the loathed fiend of discord
Never in our ranks prevail.

Let the golden fruits of union
Our young tree of freedom grace;
God, our Master! guide and prosper
Serbian lands and Serbian race!

Lord! Avert from us Thy vengeance,
Thunder of Thy dreaded ire;
Bless each Serbian town and hamlet,
Mountain, meadow, heart and spire.

When our host goes forth to battle
Death or victory to embrace-
God of armies! be our leader
Strengthen then the Serbian race!

On our sepulchre of ages
Breaks the resurrection morn,
From the slough of direst slavery
Serbia anew is born.

Through five hundred years of durance
We have knelt before Thy face,
All our kin, O God! deliver,
Thus entreats the Serbian race!

Other websites[change | edit source]

  • Parliament of Serbia A page featuring sheet music for Brass Band, and for Orchestra with mixed choir, as well as an instrumental file

References[change | edit source]