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Mer Hayrenik

Mer Hayrenik (Our Fatherland) is the national anthem of Armenia. Adopted on July 1, 1991, it is based on the anthem of the First Armenian Republic (1918-1920), but with different lyrics.

It is written by poet Mikael Nalbandian (1829-1866) and composed by Barsegh Kanachyan (1885-1967).

Transliteration of Armenian Lyrics

Mer Hairenik, azad angakh,
Vor abrel eh tareh tar
Ir vor tika art ganchoom eh
Azad, angakh haiasdan.
(repeat previous two lines)

Aha yeghpair kez mi trosh,
Zor im tzerkov kordzetzi
Keeshernera yes koon chega,
Ardasoonkov luvatzi.
(repeat previous two lines)

Nayir neran yerek kooynov,
Nuviragan mer nushan,
Togh poghpoghi tushnamoo tem,
Togh meesht bandza Haiastan.
(repeat previous two lines)

Amenayn degh maha mi eh
Mart mee ankam bid merni,
Paytz yerani vor ir azki
Azadootyan ga tzohvi.
(repeat previous two lines)

(repeat first verse)

English Translation

Our fatherland, free and independent,
That lived from century to century
His children are calling
Free independent Armenia.
(repeat previous two lines)

Here brother, for you a flag,
That I made with my hands
Nights I didn't sleep,
With tears I washed it.
(repeat previous two lines)

Look at it, 3 colours
It's our gifted symbol.
Let it shine against the enemy.
Let Armenia always be glorius.
(repeat previous two lines)

Everywhere death is the same
Everyone dies only once
But lucky is the one
Who is sacrificed for his nation.
(repeat previous two lines)

(repeat first verse)

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