Shche ne vmerla Ukrainy

(The glory and freedom of Ukraine has not yet perished)
In 1863, Mykhailo Verbytsky, a Ukrainian composer and Greek-Catholic priest, wrote music for a patriotic poem by poet Pavlo Chubynsky.   First performed in Lyiv in 1864  Shche ne vmerla Ukrainy (The Ukraine has not yet perished) became the unofficial anthem during the struggles for independence in the early 20th century.  At the fall of the Soviet Union and the establishing of an independent Ukraine in 1993 the music was adopted as the national anthem.  In 2003 a slightly altered version of Chubynsky’s lyrics became the official text of the anthem.

 

Today those opening words echo that fierce determination for independence.

Shche ne vmerla Ukrayiny, ni slava, ni volya,
Shche nam, brattya molodiyi, usmikhnet’sya dolya.
Zhinut’ nashi vorizhen’ki, yak rosa na sontsi,
Zapanuyem i mi, brattya, u svoyiy storontsi.Dushu y tilo mi polozhim za nashu svobodu
I pokazhem, shcho mi, brattya, kozats’koho rodu.
The glory and freedom of Ukraine has not yet perished
Luck will still smile on us brother-Ukrainians.
Our enemies will die, as the dew does in the sunshine,
and we, too, brothers, we’ll live happily in our land. We’ll not spare either our souls or bodies to get freedom
and we’ll prove that we brothers are of Kozak kin.

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