What are the lyrics to Poland’s national anthem, and how does it translate into English?

18 May 2021, 16:23

What are the lyrics to Poland’s national anthem, and how does it translate into English?
What are the lyrics to Poland’s national anthem, and how does it translate into English? Picture: Getty

By Rosie Pentreath

An uplifting and hopeful brass-led tune, with a hint of resilience in the face of struggle – we explore the lyrics and history of Poland’s national song.

The Polish national anthem features lyrics written in 1797 by Polish nobleman Józef Wybicki, and a melody that’s most likely derived from a Polish folk tune – specifically a mazurka, which is a lively folk dance in triple time.

The title of Poland’s national song is ‘Mazurek Dąbrowskiego’ (‘Dąbrowski’s Mazurka’), but it’s also known by the first line of the song, ‘Poland is Not Yet Lost’ or ‘Poland has Not Yet Perished’.

Jan Henryk Dąbrowski named here was a Polish general and statesman, and something of a national hero in the 18th century. The song was originally composed to boost morale and patriotism in serving soldiers, and due to General Dąbrowski’s service in the Napoleonic Army during the Italian campaigns, is also known as ‘The Song of The Polish Legions in Italy’.

According to history, Wybicki wrote the original lines of the poem that would become Poland’s patriotic song in Reggio Emilia, near Bologna in Italy, to mark the retirement of Dąbrowski’s Polish Legion soldiers.

Poland has been frequently invaded and annexed by other countries throughout history, and the country’s national anthem remains a proud symbol of Poland’s struggle for freedom and independence.

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What are the lyrics to Poland’s national anthem in English?

Poland has not yet perished,
So long as we still live.
What the foreign force has taken from us,
We shall with sabre retrieve.

March, march, Dąbrowski,
From Italy to Poland.
Under your command
We shall rejoin the nation.

We’ll cross the Vistula, we’ll cross the Warta,
We shall be Polish.
Bonaparte has given us the example
Of how we should prevail.

March, march, Dąbrowski,
From Italy to Poland.
Under your command
We shall rejoin the nation.

Like Czarniecki to Poznań
After the Swedish annexation,
To save our homeland,
We shall return across the sea.

March, march, Dąbrowski,
From Italy to Poland.
Under your command
We shall rejoin the nation.

A father, in tears,
Says to his Basia
Listen, our boys are said
To be beating the tarabans.

March, march, Dąbrowski,
From Italy to Poland.
Under your command
We shall rejoin the nation.

What are the lyrics to Poland’s national anthem?

Jeszcze Polska nie zginęła,
Kiedy my żyjemy.
Co nam obca przemoc wzięła,
Szablą odbierzemy.

Marsz, marsz, Dąbrowski,
Z ziemi włoskiej do Polski.
Za twoim przewodem
Złączym się z narodem.

Przejdziem Wisłę, przejdziem Wartę,
Będziem Polakami.
Dał nam przykład Bonaparte,
Jak zwyciężać mamy.

Marsz, marsz, Dąbrowski,
Z ziemi włoskiej do Polski.
Za twoim przewodem
Złączym się z narodem.

Jak Czarniecki do Poznania
Po szwedzkim zaborze,
Dla ojczyzny ratowania
Wrócim się przez morze.

Marsz, marsz, Dąbrowski,
Z ziemi włoskiej do Polski.
Za twoim przewodem
Złączym się z narodem.

Już tam ojciec do swej Basi
Mówi zapłakany –
Słuchaj jeno, pono nasi
Biją w tarabany.

Marsz, marsz, Dąbrowski,
Z ziemi włoskiej do Polski.
Za twoim przewodem
Złączym się z narodem.