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La Balanguera is the anthem of Majorca (Mallorca), Spain.

The official anthem is an adaptation of Joan Alcover i Maspons (1854-1926) poem based on an ancient and popular Majorcan children's song. The music is a work by the Catalan composer Amadeu Vives and in November 1996 the Consell Insular de Mallorca made it the anthem for the Island.

Text and Translation

La Balanguera (Catalan)
La Balanguera misteriosa,
com una aranya d'art subtil,
buida que buida sa filosa,
de nostra vida treu lo fil.
Com una parca bé cavil·la
teixint la tela per demà
La Balanguera fila, fila,
la Balanguera filarà.

La Balanguera (English)
The mysterious Balanguera,
as a subtle art spider,
empties that it empties her distaff
and takes out the thread of our lives.
As a Parca well ponders
weaving the cloth for tomorrow
The Balanguera spins, spins,
the Balanguera will spin.

Girant l'ullada cap enrera
guaita les ombres de l'avior,
i de la nova primavera
sap on s'amaga la llavor.
Sap que la soca més s'enfila
com més endins pot arrelar
La Balanguera fila, fila,
la Balanguera filarà.

Turning her glance to the past
she guards the shades of ancestry
and of the new spring
she knows where the seed is hidden.
She knows that the vine-stock climbs up higher
the deeper its roots can go
The Balanguera spins, spins
the Balanguera will spin.

De tradicions i d'esperances
tix la senyera pel jovent
com qui va un vel de noviances
amb caballeres d'or i argent
de la infantesa qui s'enfila
de la vellura qui se'n va.
La Balanguera fila, fila,
la Balanguera filarà

From traditions and from hopes
she weaves the flag for the youth
as who prepares a wedding veil
with hairs of gold and silver
of the childhood that grews up
of the old age who goes away
The Balanguera spins, spins,
the Balanguera will spin

See also

National Anthems

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