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National Anthem of the Orange Free State (1854-1902)

The Orange Free State (Dutch: Oranje-Vrijstaat) was an independent Boer republic in southern Africa during the second half of the 19th century, and later a British colony and a province of the Union of South Africa.The national anthem of the Orange Free State (Afrikaans: Vrystaatse Volkslied, Dutch: Volkslied van de Oranje Vrijstaat) was used from 1854 until 1902 as the national anthem of the Orange Free State.Lyrics (in Dutch):Heft, Burgers, 't lied der vrijheid aanEn zingt ons eigen volksbestaan!Van vreemde banden vrij,Bekleedt ons klein gemenebest,Op orde, wet en recht gevest,Rang in der Staten rij.Rang in der Staten rij.Al heeft ons land een klein begin,Wij gaan met moed de toekomst in,Het oog op God gericht,Die niet beschaamt wie op Hem bouwt,Op Hem als op een burcht vertrouwt,Die voor geen stormen zwicht.Die voor geen stormen zwicht.Translation:Raise, burghers, the song of freedomand our own existence as a people.Free from foreign bonds,Holds our small communityfounded on order, law and justiceRank among the statesRank among the states.Even though our land has a small beginning,we step into the future with courage,our eye fixed on God,Who does not shame who builds on Himand trusts in Him as a fortressthat does not yield to any stormsthat does not yield to any storms.
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