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Ankh-Morpork National Anthem

When dragons belch and hippos flee,
My thoughts, Ankh-Morpork, are of thee
Let others boast of martial dash
For we have boldly fought with cash
We own all your helmets, we own all your shoes.
We own all your generals - touch us and you’ll lose.
Morporkia! Morporkia!
Morporkia owns the day!
We can rule you wholesale
Touch us and you’ll pay.

We bankrupt all invaders,
We sell them souvenirs,
We ner ner ner ner ner ner by the ears,
Er ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner,
Ner ner ner ner ner ner, ner ner ner ner ner,
Ner your gleaming swords, we mortgaged to the hilt.
Morporkia! Morporkia!
Ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner
We can rule you wholesale
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Happy Russia Day: The National Anthem

Today, on the Day of Russia, I decided to look for an adequate English translation of the our country’s anthem and, to my surprise, I found it not. Instead I spotted , for example, a technically correct translations here and here, even the translation of the USSR anthem (version of 1944), as well as literary translation of contemporary anthem, performed by Pavel Zinovatny in 2004. As a result, I decided to still try own hand. I suggest to everyone to join in and try your translation skills.

P.S. this version was checked on the anthem’s instrumental (and it seems to be matching).

P.P.S. I congratulate all compatriots on the holiday. I wish you all peace, happiness, good health to you and your family and friends!

Our Russia is our great holy power,

Our Russia is the beloved nation’s land.

And mighty is will, so grand is the glory —

Eternally glowing is honour on thee!

Glory to thee, our free native country,
Venerable league of fraternally peoples,
Thy popular wisdom, forefatherly granted!
Praised be our country! We’re proud of thee!

From the southern seas up to regions thy polar
Our forests and fields stretch a great deal away
Unique in the world, you stand one and the only —
Our dear native heath guard-protected by God!

Glory to thee, our free native country,
Venerable league of fraternally peoples,
Thy popular wisdom, forefatherly granted!
Praised be our country! We’re proud of thee!

For generous dreaming, for life and for longing
The years forthcoming give us ample scope.
With faith in our Motherland we are getting stronger.
It was so, it is so and so it will be!

Glory to thee, our free native country,
Venerable league of fraternally peoples,
Thy popular wisdom, forefatherly granted!
Praised be our country! We’re proud of thee!

Sources:

Illustration – today’s official page of the Google as shown by Chrome browser

Russian lyrics of the National Anthem of the Russian Federation is taken from the official site 

The translation was made using some elements of the translation  by Pavel Zinovatny (verse 3).

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