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The "Grönnens Laid" (English: Song of Groningen) is the anthem of the Groningen province of the Netherlands. The anthem was written in 1919 by Geert Teis Pzn. of Stadskanaal, composed by G.R. Jager of Slochteren and arranged by Frieso Molenaar. It is the only Dutch provincial anthem that is officially written in a local dialect, in this case Gronings.

Grönnens Laid

Provincial anthem of Groningen
LyricsGeert Teis Pzn.
MusicG.R. Jager
Audio sample
Grönnens Laid (a capella)
Geert Teis in c. 1920

LyricsEdit

Grönnens Laid
Original lyrics English translation

Van Laauwerszee tot Dollart tou,
Van Drìnthe tot aan t Wad,
Doar gruit, doar bluit ain wonderlaand
Rondom ain wondre stad.
Ain Pronkjewail in golden raand
is Grönnen, Stad en Ommelaand;
Ain Pronkjewail in golden raand
Is Stad en Ommelaand!

Doar broest de zee, doar hoelt de wind,
Doar soest t aan diek en wad,
Mor rusteg waarkt en wuilt t volk,
t Volk van Loug en Stad.
Ain Pronkjewail in golden raand
is Grönnen, Stad en Ommelaand;
Ain Pronkjewail in golden raand
Is Stad en Ommelaand!

Doar woont de dege degelkhaid,
De wille, vast as stoal,
Doar vuilt het haart, wat tonge sprekt,
In richt- en slichte toal.
Ain Pronkjewail in golden raand
Is Grönnen, Stad en Ommelaand;
Ain Pronkjewail in golden raand
Is Stad en Ommelaand!

From the Lauwers Sea to the Dollart,
From Drenthe to the Wadden Sea,
A wondrous land grows and flourishes
Around a wondrous city.
A jewel with a golden edge
Is Groningen, City and Countryside;
A jewel with a golden edge
Is City and Countryside!

That is where the sea foams, that is where the wind howls,
Of swishing along dyke and wad,
But the people calmly work and plough,
The people of Village and City.
A jewel with a golden edge
Is Groningen, City and Countryside;
A jewel with a golden edge
Is City and Countryside!

That is where the sober virtue lives,
The will, steadfast like steel
That is where the heart feels what the tongue says,
In straightforward and sharp language.
A jewel with a golden edge
Is Groningen, City and Countryside;
A jewel with a golden edge
Is City and Countryside!