Das Lied der Deutschen / Deutschlandlied

The Anglophilic Anglican I may be, but a significant portion of my ancestry – approximately a third – is German, and I have always had a great deal of respect, appreciation, and affection for Germans and Germany… and for this song! (Of course, the English were and are themselves a Germanic people, with an originally Germanic language, and many Germanic features to their culture.) This particular video clip is especially nice, as it shows both historic and contemporary images of Germany!

Following are the lyrics, in both German and English. Note that “Deutschland über alles, Über alles in der Welt,” is not nearly as imperialistic as is often thought: it meant and means that Germans should love and be loyal to their Fatherland above all other loves and loyalties in the world.

I have no issue with that, for those whose heritage is exclusively German! So, indeed, it should be. Sometimes mongrels like me (English, Scots, and German, in the main, with touches of Irish, Swedish, and French Huguenot, so that I have trouble sometimes figuring out which side to root for, in any given European conflict…) wish we had a bit more cohesiveness in our background…

Deutschland, Deutschland über alles,
Über alles in der Welt,
Wenn es stets zu Schutz und Trutze
brüderlich zusammenhält.
Von der Maas bis an die Memel,
Von der Etsch bis an den Belt,
Deutschland, Deutschland über alles,
Über alles in der Welt!

Deutsche Frauen, deutsche Treue,
Deutscher Wein und deutscher Sang
Sollen in der Welt behalten
Ihren alten schönen Klang,
Uns zu edler Tat begeistern
Unser ganzes Leben lang.
Deutsche Frauen, deutsche Treue,
Deutscher Wein und deutscher Sang!

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!

Germany, Germany above all,
Above all in the world,
When, for protection and defense,
It always stands brotherly together.
From the Meuse to the Memel,
From the Adige to the Belt,
Germany, Germany above all,
Above all in the world!

German women, German loyalty,
German wine and German song
Shall retain in the world
Their old beautiful chime
And inspire us to noble deeds
During all of our life.
German women, German loyalty,
German wine and German song!

Unity and justice and freedom
For the German fatherland!
Towards these let us all strive
Brotherly with heart and hand!
Unity and justice and freedom
Are the foundation of happiness;
Flourish in the radiance of this happiness,
Flourish, German fatherland!