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    Малітва

      Наталля Аляксееўна Арсеньнева

      Магутны Божа! Ўладар сусьветаў,
      вялізных сонцаў і сэрц малых,
      над Беларусяй ціхай і ветлай
      рассып праменне Свае хвалы.

      Дай спор у працы штодзённай, шэрай.
      На хлеб штодзённы, на родны край.
      Павагу, сілу і веліч веры
      у нашу праўду, у прышласць -- дай!

      Дай урадлівасьць жытнёвым нівам,
      учынкам нашым пашлі ўмалот.
      Зрабі свабоднай, зрабі шчасьлівай
      Краіну нашу і наш народ!

    A Prayer

      by Natalla Arsiennieva

      O God almighty, O Lord of creation,
      Of splendid suns and of humble hearts,
      To Belarus, peaceful and patient,
      The radiance of Thy glory impart.

      O bless our daily toil, performed soundly,
      For native land and for bread to live,
      Honour and dignity and faith abounding
      In our cause, in our future - O give!

      The fruitfulness of our fields do Thou foster,
      Good winnowed grain give as toil's reward,
      O make them free, O make them prosper -
      Our people and our country, O Lord!


    Written:   1943

    • English Translation ©2005, Vera Rich
    • This poem, often called "O God Almighty!", has been put to music by composer Mikola Revienski and is widely sung in Belarusian churches and at various ceremonies in the West. In 1995, this poem was under consideration as the lyrics for the Belarusian National Anthem.




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