The History Of The Egyptian National Anthem: My Homeland, You Have My Love And My Heart

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Egypt sits in the most North Eastern part of Africa originally called Kemet, so named because of its dark rich soil. It was originally split into two kingdoms, upper and lower Egypt.

Although Egypt is dubbed as one of the oldest civilizations in the world, their national anthem was not written until 1869. Written to honour the then ruling monarchy, until the monarchy got deposed in 1952. “Walla Zaman Ya Selahy”, the first anthem of Egypt which was deposed in 1952, was replaced with “Bilādī, laki Ḥubbī wa Fūʾādī”.

The melody to the latest Egyptian national anthem was written by Mohamed Younis Al-Qady and was composed by Sayed Darwish, and it was adopted in the year 1979.

The aim of the anthem was to maintain close ties with the early proponents of the national movement for independence in Egypt, such as Mustafa Kamel. Accurately, one of Kamel’s most famous speeches in Egypt gave birth to the anthem.

After the establishment of the republic through the signing of 1979 peace accord with Israel, the unofficial anthem of 1979 became very popular in the country. It was a more peace-oriented national anthem. Albeit it took long to consider it official but it was officially decreed.

The fourth line of the first stanza goes “Your Nile has countless graces!”, this is to concur; explain the historic relationship between Egypt, Egyptians and the River Nile. Hence, Egypt is the Nile and the Nile is Egypt.

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Egypt anthem
Chorus:
My homeland, my homeland, my homeland
You have my love and my heart.
My homeland, my homeland, my homeland
You have my love and my heart.

I
Egypt! O mother of all countries,
You are my hope and my ambition,
And above all people,
Your Nile has countless graces!

My homeland, my homeland, my homeland
You have my love and my heart.

II
Egypt! Most precious gem,
A blaze on the brow of eternity!
O my homeland, be for ever free,
Safe from every enemy!

My homeland, my homeland, my homeland
You have my love and my heart.

III
Egypt, noble are thy children.
Loyal, and guardians of the reins.
Be we at war or peace
We will sacrifice ourselves for you, my homeland.

My homeland, my homeland, my homeland
You have my love and my heart.

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