In the priest and composer Alberik Zwyssig of Urn was asked to compose music for a patriotic poem written by his friend, Zurich music publisher Leonhard Widmer. He used a hymn that he had already composed, and adapted it for Widmer's words.
Variations on the Austrian National Anthem
The result was the "Schweizerpsalm," which soon became popular in parts of Switzerland. But some Swiss cantons, such as French-speaking Neuchatel, had their own anthems. Share Flipboard Email. Hyde Flippo taught the German language for 28 years at high school and college levels and published several books on the German language and culture.
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Updated January 31, Above all in the world. Our whole life long. The monarchic empires were replaced by new political players.
The Austro-Hungarian Monarchy disintegrated into separate nation states. The Republic of German Austria was proclaimed in November , and Austria was established as a federal state in October The Republic of German Austria was proclaimed on 12 November The name also marked the direction of the new state, which strove for annexation with Germany, a development that was explicitly forbidden by the victorious powers.
However, this image was created after as a negative foil to the successful Second Republic. But nevertheless the anthem is not addressed to any God and even this one word remains somehow undefined. Liturgies are not the sole activities that take place in churches.
I specifically remember receiving a Boy Scout award, the Ad Altare Dei, in a church setting and it was a combined civic and religious ceremony. And yes, we sang a variety of patriotic and Church music in keeping with the event. There has plainly been historical challenge in Austria and Germany that might mitigate against such inclusion.
It would be embarrassing today to open a hymnal and find verbiage no longer acceptable! They are merely there should an event call for them. Hi Here in UK our national anthem is explicitly a prayer. More specifically a prayer by the nation for the sovereign. In one sense it is a sung prayer for the sovereign.
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Another verse looks to the wider world. In my own parish the first verse and the verse above is sung on Remembrance Sunday each year. Our commemoration of the centenary of the death of the fallen of World War One immediately before the main Sunday Eucharist has included the first verse and the verse above. Jerusalem was not written as a Christian hymn and its first verse implies assent to the myth of Jesus visiting Britain!
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