Monday, March 25, 2013

The National Song

This is an English translation of the Hungarian National Song or National Poem. It was written by Sándor Petőfi for the Hungarian revolution in 1848. He is Hungary's national poet and he was one of the key figures of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. Petőfi was one of the young leaders of the revolution. Petőfi read the poem aloud on March 15, 1848 in Vörösmarty Square in Budapest to a gathering crowd. The crowd by the end was chanting the refrain as they began to march around the city, seizing the presses, liberating political prisoners, and declaring the end of Austrian rule. The poem has come to rank third after the Himnusz and Szózat as a statement of Hungarian national identity.