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"'" (, , "God of Justice") is the national anthem of Serbia, as defined by the Article 7 of the Constitution of Serbia.[http://www.srbija.gov.rs/cinjenice_o_srbiji/ustav_odredbe.php?id=217 Constitution of Serbia] at the site of the Government of Serbia "Boe pravde" was the state anthem of the Kingdom of Serbia until 1919 when Serbia became a part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. It was re-adopted as the national anthem at first by the parliamentary recommendation on the use in 2004 and then constitutionally sanctioned in 2006, after Serbia restored its independence.


After the assassination of Prince Mihailo, Milan Obrenovi came to the throne in 1872, celebrating his coming of age. Then he ordered a play from the manager of the National Theater in Belgrade, Jovan orevi, who quickly wrote and presented the play 'Marko kazuje na kome je carstvo' (Marko names the Emperor), with the aim of glorifying Serbian history and the Obrenovi dynasty, and 'Boe pravde', composed by Davorin Jenko. orevi's song quickly gained more popularity among the people than the piece itself, and in 1882, on the occasion of Milan's enthronement as Serbian king, orevi reworked the text and so his new version became the first official anthem of Serbia. In 1903, after the May Coup, the Obrenovi dynasty died out and the Karaorevis came to the helm of Serbia. The new Serbian king Peter I wanted to change the state symbols, even the anthem. The Austrian composer from Vienna, August Stol, composed a song for the Serbian king. Peter did not like the composition. Various competitions in which many Serbian poets (Aleksa anti among others) participated were also unsuccessful. In the end, in 1909, it was decided to make the anthem 'Boe pravde' official again, with minor changes to the text.

While being the national anthem of the Kingdom of Serbia, it occasionally was referred to as the Serbian national Prayer. Various rulers of Serbia changed the words of the anthem to suit them. During the rule of Prince Milan I of Serbia, the words were "God, save Prince Milan" ('knez Milana Boe spasi'), which changed to 'King Milan' when Serbia became a kingdom. Later it was tailored to Peter I and Alexander I as well. During the time of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (which later became the Kingdom of Yugoslavia), "Boe pravde" was part of its national anthem. On the eve of the World War II, at the great international gathering of the Music Confederation, held in Paris, this anthem was declared one of the three most beautiful in the world.

"Boe pravde" anthem was officially abandoned after liberation of the country at the end of World War II in 1945, in favour of "Hey, Slavs", under its Serbo-Croatian title 'Hej, Sloveni', which was the national anthem of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia for 47 years, from 1945 to 1992. After the break-up of Yugoslavia in 1991-1992, only Serbia and Montenegro remained in the federation i.e. the newly-formed Serbia and Montenegro, but since no agreement over the anthem could be reached, "Hey, Slavs" remained the national anthem. Many Serbs disliked the song during this period and booed it whenever it was played, such as at sporting events. In 1992, "Vostani Serbije" and "Mar na Drinu" were proposed as the regional anthem of Serbia along with "Be pravde". The latter, promulgated by then-ruling Socialist Party of Serbia, even received a plurality of popular vote on referendum, but was never officially adopted.

The recommendation on the use of "Boe pravde" was adopted unanimously by the Parliament of Serbia in 2004 and constitutionally sanctioned in 2006, after Serbia restored independence, while the recommended text was promulgated into the law in 2009.

It utilizes slightly modified original lyrics, asserting that Serbia is no longer a monarchy four verses are different. In three, "Serbian king" ('srpskog kralja') is changed to "Serbian lands" ('srpske zemlje') and in one, "God save the Serbian king" ('srpskog kralja Boe spasi', literally "The Serbian king, O God, save") is changed to "O God, save; O God, defend" ('Boe spasi, Boe brani').

"Boe pravde" was also used as the regional anthem of the Republika Srpska, a constituency of Bosnia and Herzegovina until 2006, when it was ruled down by the country's constitutional court for being unconstitutional and the decision was upheld by the Constitutional Court of Republika Srpska.


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The full Serbian national anthem as officially defined consists of eight stanzas, but usually only the first two are performed on public occasions for reasons of brevity. The third verse is also usually omitted in full performances.

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'Boe pravde, ti to spase'

'od propasti dosad nas,'

'uj i odsad nae glase'

'i od sad nam budi spas.'

'Monom rukom vodi, brani'

'budunosti srpske brod,'

' Boe spasi, Boe hrani,'

'srpske zemlje, srpski rod! '


Sloi srpsku brau dragu

na svak dian slavan rad,

sloga bie poraz vragu

a najjai srpstvu grad.

Nek na srpskoj blista grani

bratske sloge zlatan plod,

Boe spasi, Boe hrani

srpske zemlje, srpski rod!


Nek na srpsko vedro elo

tvog ne padne gneva grom

Blagoslovi Srbu selo

polje, njivu, grad i dom!

Kad nastupe borbe dani

k pobedi mu vodi hod

Boe spasi, Boe hrani

srpske zemlje, srpski rod!


Iz mranoga sinu groba

srpske slave novi sjaj

nastalo je novo doba

Novu sreu, Boe daj!

Otadbinu srpsku brani

petvekovne borbe plod

Boe spasi, Boe brani

moli ti se srpski rod!



See also

* List of Serbian anthems



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