Du gamla, du fria

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Du gamla, du fria
English: 'Thou ancient, Thou free'
Great coat of arms of Sweden.svg
National anthem of Sweden
LyricsRichard Dybeck
MusicTraditional;[1] later arranged by Edvin Kallstenius[2]
Adoptedde facto

"Du gamla, du fria" (pron. [dʉː ˈɡâmːla dʉː ˈfrîːa] "doo GAHM-lah doo FREE-ah"; en. 'Thou ancient, thou free'), originally titled "Sång till Norden" ('Song to the North'), is the Swedish title and incipit of a 19th-century patriotic song which serves as the de facto national anthem of Sweden – it is therefore unofficial. The lyrics (words) were written by Swedish jurist and antiquarian Richard Dybeck in 1844, and its melody is based on a traditional folk tune which was later rearranged by Swedish composer and librarian Edvin Kallstenius nearly a century later.[1][2][3][4]

Unlike Norway's national anthem, "Ja, vi elsker dette landet", the Swedish anthem has not been made official yet—the Swedish constitution has yet to mention a national anthem.[5]

Lyrics and translation[change | change source]

Swedish original
IPA transcription
Poetic English translation

Du gamla, Du fria, Du fjällhöga nord
Du tysta, Du glädjerika sköna!
Jag hälsar Dig, vänaste land uppå jord,
𝄆 Din sol, Din himmel, Dina ängder gröna. 𝄇

Du tronar på minnen från fornstora da'r,
då ärat Ditt namn flög över jorden.
Jag vet att Du är och Du blir vad Du var.
𝄆 Ja, jag vill leva, jag vill dö i Norden. 𝄇

Jag städs vill dig tjäna, mitt älskade land,
dig trohet till döden vill jag svära.
Din rätt skall jag värna med håg och med hand,
𝄆 din fana, högt den bragderika bära. 𝄇

Med Gud skall jag kämpa för hem och för härd
för Sverige, den kära fosterjorden.
Jag byter Dig ej, mot allt i denna värld
𝄆 Nej, jag vill leva jag vill dö i Norden. 𝄇[5][6]

[d̪ɵ̝˖βʲ gämˑl̪ä d̪ɵ̝˖β̥ʲ fɾ̥ɪ̝ʝä d̪ɵ̝˖β̥ʲ fjɛ̝l̪ˑhøə̯ɡä n̪ʊ̝βɖ ǀ]
[d̪ɵ̝˖β̥ʲ t̪ʰʏs̪ˑt̪ä d̪ɵ̝˖βʲ gɫ̪ɛ̝d̪jɛ̠ɾɪ̝ʝ̥kä ɧøə̯n̪ä ‖]
[jɒ̜ːɡ̊ hɛə̯l̪̊s̪ä ɖɪ̝ʝg vɛə̯n̪äs̪ˑt̪ɛ̠ l̪än̪ˑd̪ ɘ̞ᵝpːoə̯ jʊ̝βɖ ǀ]
𝄆 [d̪ɪ̝ʝ̥n̪̊ s̪ʊ̝βl̪ d̪ɪ̝ʝ̥n̪̊ hɪmˑɛ̠l̪ d̪ɪ̝ʝn̪ä ɛ̝ŋˑd̪ɛ̠ɹ gɾøə̯n̪ä ‖] 𝄇

[d̪ɵ̝˖β̥ʲ t̪ɾ̥ʊ̝βn̪äɹ̥ pʰoə̯ mɪn̪ˑɛ̠ɱ̊ fɾ̥oə̯ɱ̊ fʊ̝β̥ɳ̊ʂˑʈʊ̝βɾä d̪ɒ̜ːɹ ǀ]
[d̪oə̯ æːɾät̪ d̪̊ɪt̪ˑ n̪̊äɱˑ fl̪̊øə̯ɡ øə̯vɛ̠ɹ jʊ̝βɖɛ̠n̪ ‖]
[jɒ̜ːg veə̯t̪ ät̪ˑ d̪ɵ̝˖βʲ æːɹ ɔ d̪ɵ̝˖βʲ bl̪ɪ̝ʝɹ vɒ̜ːd̪ d̪ɵ̝˖βʲ vɒ̜ːɹ ǀ]
𝄆 [jɒ̜ː jɒ̜ːg vɪl̪ˑ l̪eə̯vä jɒ̜ːg vɪl̪ˑ d̪øə̯ ɪ̝ʝ n̪ʊ̝βɖɛ̠n̪ ‖] 𝄇

[jɒ̜ːɡ̊ s̪ˑt̪ɛ̝d̪̊s̪ v̥ɪl̪ˑ d̪ɪ̝ʝ̥ɡ̊ ɕɛə̯n̪ä mɪt̪ˑ ɛ̝l̪̊s̪käd̪ɛ̠ l̪än̪ˑd̪ ǀ]
[d̪ɪ̝ʝ̥ɡ̊ t̪ɾ̥ʊ̝β̥hɛ̠t̪ t̪ʰɪl̪ˑ d̪øə̯d̪ɛ̠ɱ vɪl̪ˑ jɒ̜ːɡ̊ s̪v̥æːɾä ‖]
[d̪ɪ̝ʝn̪ ɾɛ̝t̪ˑ s̪käl̪ˑ jɒ̜ːg væːɳä meə̯d̪̊ hoə̯g ɔ meə̯d̪ l̪än̪ˑd̪ ǀ]
𝄆 [d̪ɪ̝ʝ̥ɱ̊ fɒ̜ːn̪ä hœ̝ɡ̊t̪ d̪̊eə̯m bɾägd̪ɛ̠ɾɪ̝ʝ̥kä bæːɾä ‖] 𝄇

[meə̯d̪ gɵ̝˖β̥ʲd̪̊ s̪käl̪ˑ jɒ̜ːɡ̊ ɕɛ̝mˑpä føə̯ɹ̥ hɛ̝m ɔ føə̯ɹ̥ hɛə̯ɖ ǀ]
[føə̯ɹ̥ s̪v̥æɹjɛ̠ d̪eə̯n̪̊ ɕæːɾä fʊᵝs̪t̪ɛ̠ɹjʊ̝βɖɛ̠n̪ ‖]
[jɒ̜ːg bʏ̝ʝ̥ʷt̪ɛ̠ ɖɪ̝ʝg ɛ̝j mʊ̝β̥t̪ äl̪ˑt̪ ɪ̝ʝ d̪ɛ̝n̪ˑä vɛə̯ɖ ǀ]
𝄆 [n̪ɛ̝j jɒ̜ːg vɪl̪ˑ l̪eə̯vä jɒ̜ːg vɪl̪ˑ d̪øə̯ ɪ̝ʝ n̪ʊ̝βɖɛ̠n̪ ‖] 𝄇

Thou ancient, thou glorious, thou alpcrowned North,
Where freeborn and happy hearts are beating!
We hail thee, thou fairest of lands on the earth,
𝄆 Thy sun, thy skies, thy flow'ry valleys greeting! 𝄇

How proudly we dwell on thy great deeds of yore,
What time thy name was famed in story,
Thy children still are as valiant as before:
𝄆 In thee I'll live and die, thou land of glory! 𝄇

Forever to thee be my loyalty,
Unto my grave I shall serve thee,
With heart and hand thine right defend,
𝄆 Thy banner sternly gleaming advance! 𝄇

God willing, our home and hearth sustain!
Our loved native Northland remains!
No other clime takes after my heart,
𝄆 From thee I shall ne'er depart! 𝄇

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://musikverket.se/svensktvisarkiv/artikel/du-gamla-du-friska/ Danielson, Eva; Ramsten, Märta. Du gamla, du friska – från folkvisa till nationalsång. musikverket.se. Svenskt visarkiv / Musikverket. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://web.archive.org/web/20171020064144/http://musikverket.se/musikochteaterbiblioteket/arkivregistret/edvin-kallstenius-1881-1967/ Holm, Anna Lena. August 1991. Edvin Kallstenius. musikverket.se. Musik- och teaterbiblioteket / Musikverket. Archived from the original on 20 October 2017. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  3. Sveriges Medeltida Ballader, Vol. 4:1, pp. 16-17
  4. http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/search.php?queryType=@attr%201=1016&query=Arvid+Asplund&num=1&start=2&sortBy=&sortOrder=ia Collections., University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special (2005-11-16). Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project. cylinders.library.ucsb.edu. Retrieved 2017-06-03.
  5. 5.0 5.1 http://nationalanthems.me/sweden-du-gamla-du-fria Sweden: 'Du gamla, Du fria'. NationalAnthems.me. Retrieved 2011-08-08.
  6. https://www.kungahuset.se/monarkinhovstaterna/kungligasymboler/musik/nationalsangen.4.19ae4931022afdcff3800017853.html Sveriges Kungahus. Nationalsången. Retrieved 2020-04-20.

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