Mer Hajrenikh (hy. Մեր Հայրենիք / Мер Һајрениқ, pron. [mɛɾ hɑjɾɛˈnikʰ] "mair hahy-reh-NEEK"; lit. 'Our Fatherland') is the national anthem of Armenia, composed by Barsegh Kanachyan and written by Mikael Nalbandian in 1861. It was first adopted in 1918 as the anthem of the First Republic of Armenia, but when the country became part of the Soviet Union, this song became banned and was instead replaced by the Armenian SSR anthem. In 1991, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Mer Hajrenikh was successfully restored with minor changes to the lyrics.
|English: Our Fatherland|
|National anthem of||Armenia|
|Lyrics||Mikael Nalbandian, 1861|
|Adopted||1918 (re-adopted in 1991)|
Մեր Հայրենիք, ազատ անկախ,
Mer Hajrenikh, azat ankax,
[mɛɹ hɑjɾɛnikʰ ǀ ɑzɑt ɑnkɑχ ǀ]
Poetic English translationEdit
- Our Fatherland, free, independent,
- That has fo' centuries liv'd,
- Now summoneth its descendents
- To free, independent Armenia.
- Here a flag for thee, my br'er,
- That I have sewn by my hand
- O'er the nights which felt fore'er,
- Bath'd in my tears now so grand.
- O, look at it, tricolour'd,
- Fo' us 'tis a symbol priz'd.
- Letteth it shine forth 'gainst thy foe.
- Mayeth Armenia with grace glow.
- Death is no different anywhere
- He who dieth but even once,
- Bless'd is he who sacrificeth
- Fo' the freedom o' his land.
This is the original version of Mer Hayrenik, based on the first, third, fourth, and sixth stanzas of the poem The Song of an Italian Girl.
|Poem text in Armenian||Armeno-Roman alphabet||English translation|
Մեր հայրենիք, թշուառ, անտէր,
Mer Hajrenikh, thæšuař, anter,
Our Fatherland, miserable, abandon'd,
- https://www.mfa.am/hy/state-symbols/ Հայաստանի Հանրապետության պետական խորհրդանիշերը: mfa.am.
- Alexandre Siranossian, «Mer Hairénik, cet inconnu», Nouvelles d'Arménie Magazine, N. 143, Paris, France.
- https://books.google.com/books?id=BCNNAQAAMAAJ&pg=RA1-PA16&lpg=RA1-PA16&dq=Kʻnar+haykakan+By+Mikhail+Misropovich+Miansarov&source=bl&ots=OZbRSJoHBH&sig=ACfU3U0ZQrAe2ygxv8N9rWGO8QCpjVEPhA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwia6YW1oZbqAhVMgnIEHdkIA10Q6AEwA3oECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q=Kʻnar%20haykakan%20By%20Mikhail%20Misropovich%20Miansarov&f=false Kʻnar haykakan.
Mikhail Misropovich Miansarov. 1868