The German National Anthem


Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit
Für das Deutsche Vaterland.
Danach laßt uns alle streben,
Brüderlich mit Herz und Hand.
Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit
Sind des Glückes Unterpfand.
Blüh' im Glanze dieses Glückes,
Blühe deutsches Vaterland.

by Hoffmann von Fallerleben

The melody of the "Deutschland Lied", composed by Joseph Haydn, is that of the old Austrian "Kaiser Hymn" (Imperial Anthem) which was first played on February 12, 1797.

The text was written in 1841 by August Heinrich Hoffmann von Falleersleben, who wrote many other well-known songs. At that time, the 30 small German states had been loosely united in the "Deutscher Bund" (German Federation) since 1815.

The first President of the German Republic, Friedrich Ebert, officially introduced the "Deutschland Lied" as the National Anthem in 1922.

In May, 1952, the third stanza of the "Deutschland Lied" was proclaimed the anthem of the Federal Republic of Germany by President Theodor Heuss.