The Prayer of Russians

The Prayer Of Russians

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The Prayer of Russians

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The Prayer of Russians (, Molitva russkikh) was a song used as the national anthem of Imperial Russia from 1816 to 1833.

After defeating the First French Empire, Tsar Alexander I of Russia recommended a national anthem for Russia. The lyrics were written by Vasily Zhukovsky, and the music of the British anthem God Save the King was used.

In 1833, "The Prayer of Russians" was replaced with "God Save the Tsar" (Bozhe, tsarya khrani). The two songs both start with the same words Bozhe, tsarya khrani but differ after that.

Some consider God Save the Tsar Russia's first true national anthem, as both its words and music were Russian. Others say the title belongs to Grom pobedy, razdavaysya!, another popular song of the time, although it never had official status.

Lyrics

In Russian

Боже, Царя храни!<br>Славному долги дни<br>Дай на земли!<br>Гордыхъ смирителю,<br>Слабыхъ хранителю,<br>Всѣхъ утѣшителю — всё ниспошли!

Перводержавную<br>Русь православную<br>Боже, храни!<br>Царство ей стройное,<br>Въ силѣ спокойное!<br>Всё-жъ нѣдостойное<br>Прочь отжени!

О, Провидѣніе!<br>Благословеніе<br>Намъ низпошли!<br>Къ благу...
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