"National Anthem: het Wilhelmus" Top 5 Page for this destination Netherlands Favorite Tip by ATLC

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Favorite thing: Text in English (1st and 6th verse):
William of Nassau, scion
Of a Dutch and ancient line,
I dedicate undying
Faith to this land of mine.
A prince I am, undaunted,
Of Orange, ever free,
To the king of Spain I've granted
A lifelong loyalty.
A shield and my reliance,
O God, Thou ever wert.
I'll trust unto Thy guidance.
O leave me not ungirt.
That I may stay a pious
Servant of Thine for aye
And drive the plagues that try us
And tyranny away.

Fondest memory: I am very fond of our national anthem. Maybe it is because I lived abroad for a few years and when you hear it on the world radio it gives a strange feeling of being far away from home, even though I was a child.

Our national anthem is the "Wilhelmus".
Written around 1568, and is accredited to the poet and diplomat Philip van Marnix, Seigneur of Sint Aldegonde (1540-1598) an ardent supporter of Prince William of Orange. We usually sing the first and sixth verse at national events.

"In the first verse, Prince William vows that he will remain true to his country unto death; in the sixth, he prays to God for strength to rid the land of tyranny. In periods of oppression especially, these verses have had a strong appeal for the people of the Netherlands. The "Wilhelmus" has been the official Dutch national anthem since 1932."

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  • Updated Sep 26, 2007
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