Himni i flamurit is the national anthem of Albania. The music was written by the Romanian composer Ciprian Porumbescu for the patriotic song "Pe-al nostru steag e scris Unire". The text, instead, was written by Aleksandër Stavre Drenova , Better known as Asdreni, a poet, publicist and Albanian patriot.
The text of the hymn was published for the first time, as a poem, on Liri and Shqipërisë, Albanian newspaper published in Sofia. Bulgaria, the 21 April 1912.
The original title of the poem is "Betimi mi flamur" (Oath to the flag). The anthem was later republished in a collection of poems by Asdreni with the title Ëndra and lotë (Dreams and tears) published in Bucharest.
According to the memoirs of Lasgush Poradeci , the text was not written to be the Albanian national anthem, but was so loved by the Albanian people that it was adopted as the national anthem of the newly born Albania in the 1912, during the proclamation of independence in Vlore.
Text and translation
Usually only the first two stanzas are sung and the second is the refrain and is repeated twice.
|(SQ) «Rreth flamurit të përbashkuar
Me një dëshir 'and një qëllim,
Të gjith 'Atij duke iu betuar
Të lidhim besën për shpëtim.Prej lufte veç ai largohet
Që është lindur tradhëtar,
Kush është burrë nuk frikësohet,
Po vdes, po vdes si një dëshmor! Në dorë armët do t'i mbajmë,
Të mbrojmë atdheun në çdo kënd,
Të drejtat tona ne s'i ndajmë;
Këtu armiqtë s'kanë vënd! If Zoti vetë and tha me gojë
Që kombe shuhen përmbi dhé,
Po Shqipëria do të rrojë;
Për të, për të luftojmë ne! O Flamur, flamur, shenj 'and shenjtë
tek ti betohemi këtu
për Shqipërinë, atdheun and shtrenjtë,
për nder 'edhe lavdimn and tu.Trim burrë quhet dhe nderohet
atdheut kush iu bë therror.
Përjetë ai do të kujtohet
mbi dhe, nën dhe si një shenjtor! »
|(IT) «Around the flag joint
with a common desire and purpose,
all of them swearing,
to fight for our salvation. From the war it moves away
Only those born traitor
Who is man has no fear,
but he dies, he dies like a martyr. The weapons we will hold in our hands
To protect the homeland in every corner,
We do not divide our rights,
Enemies here have no place. Because God himself said,
That nations vanish on earth,
But Albania will continue to live,
Because we are fighting for her, for her we are fighting. Flag, flag, sacred symbol,
we swear on you here
for Albania, the dear country,
for your honor and glory. A brave man is called and honored
who is the protagonist of the country.
Forever he will be remembered
above, and under the earth like a saint. »
|(Aleksandër Stavre Drenova, Hymni i Flamurit)|
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