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Netherlands National Anthem
the William

English lyrics meant to fit the melody, the rhyme and the acrostic (1934)[citation needed]

William of Nassau, scion
Of a German and ancient line,
I dedicate undying
Faith to this land of mine.
A prince am I undaunted,
Of Orange, ever free,
To the king of Spain I've granted
A lifelong loyalty.

I've ever tried to live in
The fear of God's command
And therefore I've been driven,
From people, home, and land,
But God, I trust, will rate me
His willing instrument
And one day reinstate me
Into my government.

Let no despair betray you,
My subjects true and good.
The Lord will surely stay you
Though now you are pursued.
He who would live devoutly
Must pray God day and night
To throw His power about me
As champion of your right.

Life and my all for others
I sacrificed, for you!
And my illustrious brothers
Proved their devotion too.
Count Adolf, more's the pity,
Fell in the Frisian fray,
And in the eternal city
Awaits the judgement day.

I, nobly born, descended
From an imperial stock.
An empire's prince, defended
(Braving the battle's shock
Heroically and fearless
As pious Christian ought)
With my life's blood the peerless
Gospel of God our Lord.

A shield and my reliance,
O God, Thou ever wert.
I'll trust unto Thy guidance.
O leave me not ungirt.
That I may stay a pious
Servant of Thine for aye
And drive the plagues that try us
And tyranny away.

My God, I pray thee, save me
From all who do pursue
And threaten to enslave me,
Thy trusted servant true.
O Father, do not sanction
Their wicked, foul design,
Don't let them wash their hands in
This guiltless blood of mine.

O David, thou soughtest shelter
From King Saul's tyranny.
Even so I fled this welter
And many a lord with me.
But God the Lord did save him
From exile and its hell
And, in His mercy, gave him
A realm in Israel.

Fear not 't will rain sans ceasing
The clouds are bound to part.
I bide that sight so pleasing
Unto my princely heart,
Which is that I with honor
Encounter death in war,
And meet in heaven my Donor,
His faithful warrior.

Nothing so moves my pity
As seeing through these lands,
Field, village, town and city
Pillaged by roving hands.
O that the Spaniards rape thee,
My Netherlands so sweet,
The thought of that does grip me
Causing my heart to bleed.

Astride on steed of mettle
I've waited with my host
The tyrant's call to battle,
Who durst not do his boast.
For, near Maastricht ensconced,
He feared the force I wield.
My horsemen saw one bounce it
Bravely across the field.

Surely, if God had willed it,
When that fierce tempest blew,
My power would have stilled it,
Or turned its blast from you
But He who dwells in heaven,
Whence all our blessings flow,
For which aye praise be given,
Did not desire it so.

Steadfast my heart remaineth
In my adversity
My princely courage straineth
All nerves to live and be.
I've prayed the Lord my Master
With fervid heart and tense
To save me from disaster
And prove my innocence.

Alas! my flock. To sever
Is hard on us. Farewell.
Your Shepherd wakes, wherever
Dispersed you may dwell,
Pray God that He may ease you.
His Gospel be your cure.
Walk in the steps of Jesus
This life will not endure.

Unto the Lord His power
I do confession make
That ne'er at any hour
Ill of the King I spake.
But unto God, the greatest
Of Majesties I owe
Obedience first and latest,
For Justice wills it so.

English translation of the original Dutch version. (non-melodious)

William of Nassau
am I, of Dutch blood.
Loyal to the fatherland
I will remain until I die.
A prince of Orange
am I, free and fearless.
The king of Spain
I have always honoured.

To live in fear of God
I have always attempted.
Because of this I was ousted
bereft of my land and my people.
But God will direct me
like a good instrument.
So that I may return
to my domain.

Hold on my subjects,
who are honest by nature.
God will not abandon you
even though you now are in despair.
He who tries to live piously,
must pray to God day and night,
that He will give me strength
that I may help you.

My life and fortune altogether
I have not spared you.
My brothers high in rank
have shown you this as well:
Count Adolf died
in battle in Frisia
His soul in eternal life
awaits the final judgement.

Noble and high-born,
of imperial descent,
Chosen a prince of the empire,
Like a pious Christian,
for the honoured word of God,
I have without hesitation
like a fearless hero,
ventured my own noble blood.

My shield and reliance
are you, o God my Lord.
It is you on whom I want to rely,
never leave me again.
[Grant] that I may remain brave,
your servant for always,
and [may] defeat the tyranny,
which pierces my heart.

From all those that burden me
and are my pursuers,
my God, do save
your loyal servant.
That they may not surprise me
with their wicked plans
nor wash their hands
in my innocent blood.

Like David, who was forced to flee
from Saul, the tyrant.
I had to sigh,
as did many other nobles.
But God raised him,
relieving him of despair,
and gave him a kingdom
very great in Israel.

After this sourness I will receive
from God my Lord the sweetness
For that longs so much
my noble mind
which is that I may die
with honour in the fields,
and gain an eternal realm
as a faithful hero.

Nothing makes me pity so much
in my adversity,
then that are seen to be impoverishing
the good lands of the King
That you are molested by the Spaniards,
O Noble Netherlands sweet,
when I think of that,
my noble heart bleeds.

Seated [on horseback] like a prince,
with my armed forces,
Defied by the tyrant,
I awaited the battle.
Those dug in at Maastricht
were afraid of my might
People saw my horsemen ride
bravely through the fields.

If it had been the Lord's will,
at the time,
I would have gladly relieved
you of this heavy tempest.
But the Lord above,
who rules all,
He who we should always praise,
did not desire so.

By a Christian mood was driven
My princely heart
Steadfast remained
my heart in adversity
To the Lord I prayed,
from the bottom of my heart,
that He may save my cause,
and proclaim my innocence.

Farewell, my poor sheep,
who are in deep despair.
Your shepherd will not sleep,
even though you are now dispersed.
Turn to God,
accept his curing word.
Live as a good Christian;
soon, it will be finished here .

I want to confess to God,
and to his great power
that I have never
despised the King.
except that to God the Lord,
the highest Majesty
I've been obedient
in justice.

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Headquarters : Kaya Libertador Simon Bolivar #4 Kralendijk, Bonaire, Netherlands
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Political parties

Netherlands Political parties
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie

Founded 24 January 1948
Website:- www.vvd.nl

Labour Party
Partij van de Arbeid
Founded 9 February 1946
Website:- www.vvd.nl

Party for Freedom
Partij voor de Vrijheid

Founded February 22, 2006; 10 years ago
Website:- www.pvv.nl

Socialist Party
Socialistische Partij

Founded 22 October 1971
Website:- international.sp.nl

Christian Democratic Appeal
Christen-Democratisch Appèl

Founded 23 June 1973
Website:- www.cda.nl

Democrats 66
Politieke Partij Democraten 66
Founded 14 October 1966
Website:- www.d66.nl

Founded 15 March 2001


Founded 1 March 1989
Website:- http://groenlinks.nl/

Reformed Political Party
Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij

Founded 24 April 1918
Website:- www.sgp.nl

Party for Animals
Partij voor de Dieren

Founded October 2002
Website:- www.partijvoordedieren.nl
Website:- www.partyfortheanimals.nl
Website:- www.pinkpolitiek.nl

Founded 2009
Website:- 50pluspartij.nl

Independent Senate Group
Onafhankelijke Senaatsfractie

Founded 1995
Website:- www.osf.nl

For the Netherlands

Founded 28 May 2014
Website:- vnl.nu

Group Kuzu/Öztürk
Groep Kuzu/ozturk

Group Van Vliet
Groep Van Vliet

Cultural Liberal Party
Vrijzinnige Partij

Group Houwers
Groep Houwers

Other parties (only local representation)

The Greens
Founded December 17, 1983
Website:- www.degroenen.nl

Islam Democrats ID
Founded 2006

New Communist Party of the Netherlands
Founded 1992
Website:- www.ncpn.nl

Proud of the Netherlands
Founded October 17, 2007
Website:- www.trotsopnederland.com

United Communist Party
Founded 1999
Website:- www.vcp.nu

United Senior Party VSP

Founded 2001

Other parties (not represented in parliament)

Jezus Lives
Founded 2013

Liberal Democratic Party LibDem
Liberaal Democratische Partij
Founded 2006
Website:- http://www.libdem.nl/

Libertarian Party LP
Libertarische Partij
Founded 1993
Website:- http://www.stemLP.nl/

Netherlands Local NL
Founded 2011

Dutch Peoples-Union NVU
Founded 2013
Website:- www.nvu.info

Pacifistic-Socialist Party '92 PSP '92
Founded 1992

Partij van de Toekomst PvdT
Founded 2002

Partij voor Mens en Spirit MenS
Founded 2008
Website:- http://www.mensenspirit.nl/

Pirate Party of the Netherlands PPNL
Piratenpartij, PP

Founded 2010
Website:- www.piratenpartij.nl

Regional parties

Frisian National Party FNP Friesland
Founded 1962
Website:- http://www.fnp.nl/

Groninger Belang GB Groningen
Partij voor het Noorden, or PvhN

Party for the North PvhN Groningen
Party for Zeeland
Partij voor Zeeland; PvZ

Interesting facts

If any Nobel Laureates, Scientists, Olympic winners, World Heritage sites, Tourism Agencies, Ashoka Fellows

Nobel Laureates
Andre Geim
Bernard L . Feringa
Christiaan Eijkman
Frits Zernike
Gerardus ‘ T Hooft
Heike Kamerlingh Onnes
Hendrik Antoon Lorentz
Jacobus Henricus Van ‘t Hoff
Jan Tinbergen
Johannes Diderik Van Der Waals
Martinus J . G . Veltman
Nicolaas Bloembergen *
Nikolaas Tinbergen *
Organisation For The Prohibition Of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)
Paul J . Crutzen
Petrus (Peter) Josephus Wilhelmus Debye
Pieter Zeeman
Simon Van Der Meer
Tjalling C . Koopmans
Tobias Michael Carel Asser
Willem Einthoven

Olympic Winners (2020)
Annemiek van Vleuten
Cycling Men's team sprint
Field hockey Women's tournament
Harrie Lavreysen
Kiran Badloe
Niek Kimmann
Rowing Men's quadruple sculls
Shanne Braspennincx
Sifan Hassan

World Heritage sites
Schokland and Surroundings
Defence Line of Amsterdam
Historic Area of Willemstad , Inner City and Harbour , Curaçao
Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout
Ir.D . F . Woudagemaal (D . F . Wouda Steam Pumping Station)
Droogmakerij de Beemster (Beemster Polder)
Rietveld Schröderhuis (Rietveld Schröder House)
Wadden Sea
Seventeenth - Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht
Van Nellefabriek

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