Lebanese National Anthem

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Lebanon’s national anthem was written by Rashid Nakhle (رشيد نخلة) and composed by Wadih Sabra (وديع صبرا) in 1925. (Or maybe not exactly – two Al Jadeed reports from 2011 suggest that its melody may have been lifted from a song dedicated to the President of the short-lived Rif Republic in Morocco (1921-1926): see here and here.) Adopted by the Lebanese government on July 12, 1927, while still under the French Mandate, it became the official national anthem with Lebanon’s independence from colonial rule in 1943.

 

Āannašīd lwaTanī llubnānī النَّشيد الوَطَني اللُّبْناني
kullunā lilwaTan lil3ulā lil3alam كُلُّنا لِلْوَطَن لِلْعُلى لِلْعَلَم
milĀu 3ayni zzaman sayfunā walqalam مِلْءُ عَيْنِ الزَّمَن سَيْفُنا والْقَلَم
sahlunā waljabal manbitun lirrijāl سَهْلُنا والْجَبَل مَنْبِتٌ لِلرِّجال
qawlunā wal3amal fī sabīli lkamāl قَوْلُنا والْعَمَل في سَبيلِ الْكَمال
All of us for the nation, for glory and the flag
Down the ages, our sword and pen
Our plain and mountain, where men are forged
Our speech and work, aiming at perfection
kullunā lilwaTan lil3ulā lil3alam كُلُّنا لِلْوَطَن لِلْعُلى لِلْعَلَم
kullunā lilwaTan كُلُّنا لِلْوَطَن
All of us for the nation, for glory and the flag
All of us for the nation
šayḰunā walfatā 3inda sawTi lwaTan شَيْخُنا وَالْفَتى عِنْدَ صَوْتِ الْوَطَن
Āusdu ğābin matā sāwaratnā lfitan أُسْـدُ غـابٍ مَتى ساوَرَتْنا الْفِتَن
šarqunā qalbuhu Āabadan lubnān شَرْقُنا قَلْبُهُ أَبَداً لُبْنان
Sānahu rabbuhu limadā lĀazmān صانَهُ رَبُّهُ لِمَدى الأَزْمان
Our elders and children heed the nation’s call
Lions of the jungle when turbulence befalls us
Our east, its heart is forever Lebanon
His God preserves him to the end of time
kullunā lilwaTan lil3ulā lil3alam كُلُّنا لِلْوَطَن لِلْعُلى لِلْعَلَم
kullunā lilwaTan كُلُّنا لِلْوَطَن
All of us for the nation, for glory and the flag
All of us for the nation
baHruhu barruhu durratu ššarqayn بَحْرُهُ بَرُّهُ دُرَّةُ الشَّرْقَيْن
rifduhu birruhu māliĀu lqutbayn رِفْدُهّ بِرُّهُ مالِئُ الْقُطْبَيْن
Āismuhu 3izzuhu munṭḥu kāna ljudūd اِسْمُهُ عِـزُّهُ مُنْذُ كانَ الْجُدود
majduhu Āarzuhu ramzuhu lilḰulūd مَجْدُهُ أَرْزُهُ رَمْزُهُ لِلْخُلود
His sea, his land, the pearl of the two easts
His kindness and generosity fill the two poles
His name, his renown, ever since the forefathers
His splendor, his cedars, his symbol for eternity
kullunā lilwaTan lil3ulā lil3alam كُلُّنا لِلْوَطَن لِلْعُلى لِلْعَلَم
kullunā lilwaTan كُلُّنا لِلْوَطَن
All of us for the nation, for glory and the flag
All of us for the nation

References:
– Hang, Xing. Encyclopedia of National Anthems. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2003.

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