Het Wilhelmus

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Wilhelmus is the title and first word of the Dutch national anthem. It became the anthem in 1932. The melody is taken from a French soldier's song. It is the oldest melody of a national anthem of the world.[1] The song has 15 verses, and the first letters of each verse form the name "Willem van Nassov", the subject of the song.

Lyrics (translation):

"William of Nassau,
am I of German descent.
True to the fatherland,
I'll be until death.
A prince of Orange,
am I free and brave.
The king of Spain,
I have always honoured."

Original version:

"Wilhelmus van Nassouwe
ben ik, van Duitschen bloed,
den vaderland getrouwe
blijf ik tot in den dood.
Een Prinse van Oranje
ben ik, vrij, onverveerd,
den Koning van Hispanje
heb ik altijd geëerd."

References[change | change source]

  1. http://www.national-anthems.org/facts.htm