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The Sun, the Thunder, and the River

The tears of ineffability. This is Latvia’s beautiful, moving, national(ist) anthem.

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This hymn — titled “Saule, Pērkons, Daugava” — is an unofficial national anthem of Latvia. I’m awed by how this stadium of thousands can sing in a bare whisper, only to explode with the chorus. Latvian and Lithuanian are the most pleasing languages to the human ear, after French. Enjoy.

Translated into English:

The Sun placed Latvia
Where the ends of the Earth meet
The white sea, the green earth
Latvia had the key to the gate
And guarded the river Daugava

Strangers broke the gate
The key fell into the sea
Thunder hurled a blue lightning bolt
From the devils he took the key
Latvia locked up death alive
The white sea, the green earth

The Sun placed Latvia by the edge of the white sea
The wind raised a sandstorm
What can Latvia’s children drink?
The water of life and the water of death
Flowed into the river Daugava

I dip my fingertip…

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