April 23rd, 2015


O, our mountains of green!

When the morning skies grow red
And o'er their radiance shed,
Thou, O Lord, appeareth in their light.
When the Alps glow bright with splendour,
Pray, free Swiss, Pray,
For you feel and understand,
That he dwelleth in this land.

That's the English translation of the first stanza of the Swiss Psalm, the official national anthem of Switzerland since 1981 - which many Swiss people today consider "too religious" and no longer very appropriate. People here like to joke that the anthem even reminds them of the weather forecast a little bit: after the Alpine dawn, the next lines speak of "the starry sky", "dark clouds enshrouding the hills"; then the pious Swiss would go through the "wild storm coming" and "horror and nights of thunderstorms" - hopefully in an effort to fortify their faith in God Almighty...

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