flamuri kuq e zi

Arbeni i thot babit: “O babi a e di
Pse flamurin e kemi dy ngjyra kuq e zi?”
“Flamuri me dy ngjyra nga të parët na ka mbet;
E kuqija gjaku i tyre, shqiponja ata vet.
Me këtë flamur luftuan dhe fituam
Kundër turqve me heroin Skënderbe.”
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From ‘Abetare të gjuhës shqipe’, the first reading book in Albanian schools.


Arben said to his father: “Dad, do you know
Why we have the flag with two colors red and black?”
“The flag with two colors is a remain of our ancestors;
The red their blood, the eagle they themselves.
With this flag we fought and won
Against the Turks with Skënderbe the hero.”


P.S.: The name ‘Arben’ means 'Albanian’ in middle ages Albanian language.