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A national anthem is a generally patriotic musical composition that evokes and eulogizes the history, traditions and struggles of its people, recognized either by a nation's government as the official national song, or by convention through use by the people.- History :Anthems rose to prominence...
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. Written and composed by Kgalemang Tumedisco Motsete, it was adopted upon independence in 1966.
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|[Poetic license has been taken in an attempt to make it rhyme in English. This is not a literal translation.]
Blessed be this noble land,
Gift to us from God's strong hand,
Heritage our fathers left to us.
May it always be at peace.
Word of beauty and of fame,
The name Botswana to us came.
Through our unity and harmony,
We'll remain at peace as one.
- Awake, awake, O men, awake!
- And women close beside them stand,
- Together we'll work and serve
- This land, this happy land!