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Noble patria, tu hermosa bandera

Himno Nacional de Costa Rica
English: Costa Rican National Anthem

National anthem of Costa Rica
Also known as Noble patria, tu hermosa bandera
English: Noble homeland, your beautiful flag
Lyrics José María Zeledón Brenes[1], 1900
Music Manuel María Gutiérrez
Adopted 1853
Relinquished Present
Music sample

"Himno Nacional de Costa Rica" (Spanish for "Costa Rican National Anthem") is the national anthem of Costa Rica. It was originally adopted in 1853, with the music composed by Manuel María Gutiérrez. Words by José María Zeledón Brenes[2][3] were added in 1900.


  • Lyrics 1
    • Zeledon original Lyrics 1.1
  • Important note about the English translation 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Spanish lyrics English translation
Noble patria, tu hermosa bandera
expresión de tu vida nos da;
bajo el límpido azul de tu cielo
blanca y pura descansa la paz.
Noble homeland, your beautiful flag
Proof of your life it gives us
Under the unsullied blue of your skies,
Peace rests, white and pure.
En la lucha tenaz, de fecunda labor
que enrojece del hombre la faz,
conquistaron tus hijos
labriegos sencillos
eterno prestigio, estima y honor. (bis)
In the tenacious struggle of fruitful toil,
That which brings a glow to men's faces,
Your sons, simple farm hands,
Gained eternal renown, esteem and honor.
Eternal renown, esteem and honor.
¡Salve, o tierra gentil!
¡Salve, o madre de amor!
Cuando alguno pretenda
tu gloria manchar,
verás a tu pueblo valiente y viril,
la tosca herramienta en arma trocar.
Hail, gentle homeland!
Hail, mother of love!
When anyone should attempt to besmirch your glory,
You will see your people, valiant and virile,
The rustic tool into a weapon transform.
Salve oh Patria tu pródigo suelo,
dulce abrigo y sustento nos da;
bajo el límpido azul de tu cielo
¡vivan siempre el trabajo y la paz!
Hail, O homeland! Your prodigal soil
Sweet shelter and sustenance gives us.
Under the unsullied blue of your sky,
May peace and labor ever live!

Zeledon original Lyrics

In the original wording Zeledon, the first stanza read: Costa Rica tu hermosa bandera
Expresión de tu vida nos da:
Bajo el manto azul de tu cielo
Blanca y pura descansa la paz.

And the final say:

'¡Salve, oh patria!, tu pródigo suelo
dulce abrigo y sustento nos da;
bajo el límpido azul de tu cielo,
¡Vivan siempre el trabajo y la paz!

Important note about the English translation

This is not a direct translation but an adaption of the original text, the goal was to convey the message, the essence of the anthem, not to give a literal translation.


  1. ^
  2. ^ [boletincientec] 38-04 Emblemas y simbolos de la Patria (Costa Rica)
  3. ^

External links

  • - Audio of the national anthem of Costa Rica, with information and lyricsNoble patria, tu hermosa banderaCosta Rica:
  • WMA File
  • Archive MIDI File
  • Boletín de Cientec sobre los símbolos patrios
  • Himno a la Bandera de Costa Rica - MP3 File
  • Más que un canto, Documentary the history of the Lyric and music of the himno.
  • La Paz - Debajo del Canto, analysis of texts and events that inspired the national anthem.
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