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The melody

The oldest known version of the melody of the Wilhelmus is thought to have originated during the seige of the French city of Chartres in 1568. It was first written down in 1574.

The melody as sung today comes from the collection Nederlandtsche Gedenck-clanck (1626) by Adriaen Valerius.

Listen to the melody of the Dutch National anthem in MP3 format (1 MB)