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FLAGs in National Anthems and Patriotic Songs, Part- VI
Today, I shall discuss the reference of 'Flag' in the anthems of Ireland, Jordon, Kyrgyzstan and Lebanon, the famous popular song
dedicated to the flag of Japan, "Hi No Maru" and a prophetic song which predicted the Jews
colours long before even State of Israel came into being.
na bhFiann" (The Soldiers' Song) is the national anthem of Ireland.
The music was written in 1907 by Peadar Kearney, who also composed the music
with Patric Heeney. but the song was formally adopted as National Anthem in
1926 displacing the earlier Fenian anthem 'God save Ireland'.
"Sinne Fianna Fáil..."
Soldiers are we...
In valley green, on towering craig,
Our fathers fought before us
And conquered ’neath the same old flag
That’s proudly floating o’er us
(The Hope) is the national anthem of Israel. The anthem's theme revolves around the nearly 2000-year-old
hope of the Jewish people to be a free and sovereign people in the Land of
Israel, a national dream that would eventually be realized with the founding
of the modern State of Israel in 1948
more than three decades before the First Zionist Congress, in 1864 the
Bohemian-Austrian poet Ludwig August Ritter von Frankl , a Jewish
himself published a poem titled Juda’s Farben(Judah’s
Frankl was the
first person in modern times who voiced the idea that ‘Blue and White’ as
the national flag colours of the Jewish people. His visionary
(prophetic) poem was translated into flowery Hebrew entitled Hahavatzelet
(The rose of Sharon) and was first published in 1878.
Hinomaru (The Rising Sun) is the name of Japanese national flag and
also the popular Japanese patriotic 'Flag Song' penned by Taisuyuki
Takano and the Music was composed by Teiichi Okano.
Flag is dyed
Japanese flag .
and goes on;
Japanese flag raised
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
(Al Mamlaka Al Urduniyya Al Haschimiyya). The Royal anthem of Jordan “Al-Salam al-Mamlaki al-Urduni” was
adopted in 1946. The lyrics were written by Abdul Monem Al-Refai. The music was composed by Abdul Qader al-Taneer.
live the King!
His position is sublime,
His banners waving in glory supreme".
The National Anthem of the Kyrgyz was adopted on
18 December 1992. The music was composed by Nasyr Davlesov and Kalyi
Moldobasanov, and the words were written by Djamil Sadykov and Eshmambet
"Dreams of the people came true,
And the flag of liberty is over
The heritage of our fathers we will
Pass to our sons for the benefit of
The Lebanese National Anthem “Al
–Lahan al-Watani al-Lubani” was written by Rashid Nakhle and
composed by Wadih
Sabra. It was adopted on July 12, 1927.
The anthem begins “All of us! For the country, for our
Flag and Glory !” And continues :
Cedars are his pride, his immortality's symbol.
of us! For our Country, for our Glory and Flag!
Cedar tree is the chief emblem of Lebanese Flag)