The Olympic Hymn

An Olympic Hymn is played when the Olympic Flag is raised. The music for the hymn was composed by Spyros Samaras and the words added by Greece's national poet, Kostis Palamas.

The Hymn (english version)

Immortal spirit of antiquity,
Father of the true, beautiful and good,
Descend, appear, shed over us thy light
Upon this ground and under this sky
Which has first witnessed thy unperishable fame.
Give life and animation to those noble games!
Throw wreaths of fadeless flowers to the victors
In the race and in strife!
Create in our breasts, hearts of steel!
Shine in a roseate hue and form a vast temple
To which all nations throng to adore thee,
Oh immortal spirit of antiquity.

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