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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 November, 2004, 20:53 GMT
Romanian anthem - Desteapta-te, Romane!
Desteapta-te, Romane, din somnul cel de moarte,
In care te-adancira barbarii de tirani!
Acum ori niciodata croieste-ti alta soarte,
La care sa se-nchine si cruzii tai dusmani!
Acum ori niciodata sa dam dovezi in lume
Ca-n aste mani mai curge un sange de Roman,
Si ca-n a noastre piepturi pastram cu fala-un nume
Triumfator in lupte, un nume de Traian!
Priviti, marete umbre, Mihai, Stefan, Corvine,
Romana natiune, ai vostri stranepoti,
Cu bratele armate, cu focul vostru-n vine,
Viata-n libertate ori moarte! striga toti.
Preoti, cu crucea-n frunte! caci oastea e crestina,
Deviza-i libertate si scopul ei preasfant,
Murim mai bine-n lupta, cu glorie deplina,
Decat sa fim sclavi iarasi in vechiul nost' pamant!

Romanian anthem (trans) - Awaken Thee, Romanian!
Awaken thee, Romanian, shake off the deadly slumber
The scourge of inauspicious barbarian tyrannies
And now or never to a bright horizon clamber
That shall to shame put all your nocuous enemies.
It's now or never to the world we readily proclaim
In our veins throbs and ancestry of Roman
And in our hearts for ever we glorify a name
Resounding of battle, the name of gallant Trajan.
Do look imperial shadows, Michael, Stephen, Corvinus
At the Romanian nation, your mighty progeny
With arms like steel and hearts of fire impetuous
It's either free or dead, that's what they all decree.
Priests, rise the cross, this Christian army's liberating
The word is freedom, no less sacred is the end
We'd rather die in battle, in elevated glory
Than live again enslaved on our ancestral land

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