National Pledge


National Anthem

The national anthem of Austria is "Land der Berge, Land am Strome" which translates into English as either "Land of Mountains, Land of Streams" or "Land of Mountains, Land on the River". The lyrics were written by Paula von Preradovic, and it is set to the melody from a masonic cantata (K 623a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Land der Berge, Land am Strome,
Land der Äcker, Land der Dome,
Land der Hämmer, zukunftsreich!
Heimat bist du grosser Söhne,
Volk, begnadet fü das Schöne,
Vielgerühmtes Österreich.
Vielgerühmtes Österreich.

Heiss umfehdet, wild umstriten,
liegst dem Erdteil du inmitten
einem starken Herzen gleich.
Hast seit frühen Ahnentagen
Hoher Sendung Last getragen,
Vielgeprüftes Österraich.
Vielgeprüftes Österreich.

Mutig in die neuen Zeiten,
Frei und gläubig sieh uns schreiten,
Arbeitsfroh unf hoffnungsreich.
Einig lass in Brüderchören,
Vaterland, dir treue schwören,
Vielgeliebtes Österreich
Vielgeliebtes Österreich.
English translation
Land of mountains, land of streams,
Land of fields, land of spires,
Land of hammers, with a rich fortune,
You are the home of great sons,
A nation blessed by its sense of beauty,
Highly praised Austria, highly praised Austria.

Strongly fought for, fiercely contested,
You are in the centre of the continent
Like a strong heart,
You have borne since the earliest days
The burden of a high mission,
Much tried Austria, much tried Austria.

Watch us striding free and believing,
With courage, into new eras,
Working cheerfully and full of hope,
In fraternal chorus let us take in unity
The oath of allegiance to you, our country,
Our much beloved Austria, our much beloved Austria.
Alternate English translation:
Land of mountains, land on the river, 
Land of fields, land of cathedrals, 
Land of hammers, rich in outlook. 
You are the native home of great sons, 
A people uniquely gifted for the beautiful, 
Much applauded Austria, Much applauded Austria.

Fiercely embattled, ferociously contested, 
You lie at the center of the globe, 
Like a strong heart. 
Since the days of your early ancestors 
You have borne the burden of a sublime calling, 
Much-tried Austria, Much-tried Austria.

Courageously we stride 
Into the new times, free and devout, 
Industrious and of firm heart. 
In unison choruses of brotherhood 
We pledge our allegiance to thee, Fatherland, 
Much-loved Austria, Much-loved Austria.

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