Finlandia Hymn

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The Finlandia Hymn (in Finnish Finlandia-hymni) is a patriotic song by Jean Sibelius which takes its melody from the last section of the symphonic poem Finlandia.

The work was published as the last of twelve numbers in Sibelius's Masonic Ritual Music, opus 113, with a text by opera singer Wäinö Sola. The version usually heard today has lyrics written by Veikko Antero Koskenniemi and was first performed in 1941. Sibelius himself arranged the hymn for choral performances.

The tune was adopted by Biafra for its national anthem "Land of the Rising Sun" during its attempted secession from Nigeria.

The Christian hymn Be Still, My Soul uses this tune.

Lyrics

Oi, Suomi, katso, sinun päiväs' koittaa,
Yön uhka karkoitettu on jo pois,
Ja aamun kiuru kirkkaudessa soittaa,
Kuin itse taivahan kansi sois'.
Yön vallat aamun valkeus jo voittaa,
Sun päiväs' koittaa, oi synnyinmaa.
Oi, nouse, Suomi, nosta korkealle,
Pääs' seppelöimä suurten muistojen.
Oi, nouse, Suomi, näytit maailmalle,
Sa että karkoitit orjuuden,
Ja ettet taipunut sa sorron alle,
On aamus' alkanut, synnyinmaa.
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