The Brabançonne

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Brabançonne
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Cover of a score of the Brabançonne, dated around 1910
National anthem of  Belgium
Lyrics Jenneval (Louis-Alexandre Dechet), 1830
Music François Van Campenhout, 1830
Adopted 1860, 1921
Music sample
The Brabançonne monument in Brussels

The Brabançonne is the national anthem of Belgium. In was first in the French language. Later a verion was made for all three official languages of the country.

It is said the anthem was written in September 1830, during the Belgian Revolution. In 1860, Belgium formally adopted the song and music as its national anthem. Then prime minister, Charles Rogier took out lyrics against the Dutch Prince of Orange.

O Belgium - O mother dear -
To you we stretch our hearts and arms,
With blood to spill for you, O fatherland!
We swear with one cry - You shall live!
You shall live, so great and beautiful,
And your invincible unity
Shall have for device immortal -
The King, and Law, and Liberty!
Shall have for device immortal -
The King, and Law, and Liberty!
The King, and Law, and Liberty!
The King, and Law, and Liberty!