|English: Blessed Be This Noble Land|
|National anthem of||Botswana|
|Lyrics||Kgalemang Tumediso Motsete|
|Music||Kgalemang Tumediso Motsete|
"Blessed Be This Noble Land" is called "Fatshe leno la rona" (Tswana pronunciation: [fatsʰɪ lɪnʊ la rʊna]) in the Tswana language. It is the national anthem of Botswana. Kgalemang Tumediso Motsete wrote the lyrics (words) and composed the music of this song in 1962. Four years later when the country got its independence from the United Kingdom, this anthem was adopted.
Lyrics[change | change source]
Tswana version[change | change source]
Fatshe leno la rona
/fatsʰɪ lɪnʊ la rʊna/
English version[change | change source]
- Blessed be this noble land,
- Gift to us from God's strong hand,
- Heritage our fathers left to us;
- May it always be at peace.
- Awake, awake, O men, awake!
- And women close beside them stand,
- Together we'll work and serve
- This land, this happy land!
- Work of beauty and of fame,
- The name Botswana to us came
- Through our unity and harmony,
- We'll remain at peace as one.
References[change | change source]
- https://books.google.com/books?id=a3Wt48ldWm0C&pg=PR77 Colour Bar: The Triumph of Seretse Khama and His Nation Penguin Books. 7 June 2007. Williams, Susan. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
- https://books.google.com/books?id=csWh3znUrWcC&pg=PA69 Botswana in Pictures. Twenty-First Century Books, 2009. Behnke, Alison. p. 69. Retrieved 18 May 2017
- https://books.google.com/books?id=o4VLCAAAQBAJ&pg=PT15#v=onepage&q&f=false Bogwasi, Beauty (9 Apr 2015). A Botswana Traveler’s Companion; English Setswana Phrase Book. WestBow Press. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
- https://web.archive.org/web/20170520024436/http://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?sid=6&aid=53&dir=2012%2FOctober%2FThursday4 The Sound Of Self-Determination. Mmegi. Gaborone. 4 October 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
- https://books.google.com/books?id=csWh3znUrWcC&pg=PA69 Behnke, Alison (2009). Botswana in Pictures. Twenty-First Century Books. p. 69. Retrieved 18 May 2017.