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The anthem of Serbia, God of Justice, was composed by a Slovenian (2004)

The anthem of Serbia, God of Justice, was composed by a Slovenian (2004)

The music for today’s Serbian anthem of God of Justice was composed in 1872 by Davorin Janko, who was actually a Slovene.

On August 17, 2004, the Republic of Serbia adopted the composition of God of Justice as its anthem by the recommendation of the National Assembly. Two years later, that anthem entered the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia. The music for the anthem of God of Justice was composed in 1872 by Davorin Janko, who was a Slovene (he was born in Dvorje not far from Kranj in 1835).

The text of the anthem was written by Jovan Djordjevic, the founder of the Serbian National Theater. Originally, the composition was performed as part of the theatrical play Mark’s Saber. Since Serbia used to be a kingdom, and today it is a republic, some verses of the anthem have been changed in the meantime. Thus the verse:

“God save, God feed
The Serbian king, the Serbian nation! ”

Modified to:

“God save, God feed,
Serbian lands, Serbian nation! ”

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