The Danish anthem

It can be that Denmark is a small country, even so it has no less than two officially recognised national anthems: ”Kong Christian stod ved højen mast” (King Christian stood by lofty mast), which sings the praises of warrior heroes of former times; and the more peacefully ”Der er et yndigt land” (There is a lovely country), praising the country’s gentle character.

The text of the last mentioned anthem is written by Adam Oehlenschläger, c. 1819, and the melody is by Hans Ernst Krøyer, c. 1835.

ByTheWay: The text of the national anthem is only a shortened version of the original poem

Der er et yndigt land

Melodi: H. E. Krøyer. Laub
Tekst: Oehlenschläger

Der er et yndigt land,
det står med brede bøge
nær salten østerstrand;
det bugter sig i bakke, dal,
det hedder gamle Danmark,
og det er Frejas sal.

Der sad i fordums tid
de harniskklædte kæmper,
udhvilede fra strid;
så drog de frem til fjenders mén,
nu hvile deres bene
bag højens bautasten.

Det land endnu er skønt,
ti blå sig søen bælter,
og løvet står så grønt;
og ædle kvinder, skønne mø'r
og mænd og raske svende
bebo de danskes øer.

Hil drot og fædreland!
Hil hver en danneborger,
som virker, hvad han kan!
Vort gamle Danmark skal bestå,
så længe bøgen spejler
sin top i bølgen blå.

Der er et yndigt land (National Anthem – rhumbaversion) – you need a player that can play midi files to listen to this one.

Or: Download midifile (zip)

If you also want to listen to the other one – the military / royal anthem – here is a link: ogg file

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