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World's Strangest National Anthems

Hungary

Many national-anthem composers use their lyrics to thank God for the creation of their beautiful home countries; but Hungarian poet Ferenc Kölcsey took rather a different tactic in 1823, when he penned “The Magyar Himnusz (Hymn for Hungary).” After opening with a sentiment of intense gratitude, the song goes on to list the many faults with His grand design…and seems to stop just short of including the lyrics, “Oh God, why hast Thou forsaken us?”

Anger gathered in Your bosom
And You struck with Your lightning
From Your thundering clouds
Now the plundering Mongols’ arrows
You swarmed over us
Then the Turks’ slave yoke
We took upon our shoulders.

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