Costa Rica National Anthem

Noble patria, tu hermosa bandera

Costa Rica's national anthem, titled "Noble patria, tu hermosa bandera" (Noble homeland, your beautiful flag) was adopted in 1853 and composed by Manuel María Gutiérrez.

Costa Rica's national anthem should begin playing soon, and you can follow along to the lyrics (in Spanish and English) below.

  Costa Rica National Flag

Noble patria tu hermosa bandera
      Noble homeland, your beautiful flag
Expresión de tu vida nos da:
      Expression of your life it gives us:
Bajo el límpido azul de tu cielo
      Under the limpid blue of your skies,
Blanca y pura descansa la paz.
      Peace reigns, white and pure.
En la lucha tenaz de fecunda labor
      In the tenacious battle of fruitful toil,
Que enrojece del hombre la faz,
      That brings a glow to men's faces,
Conquistaron tus hijos, labriegos sencillos,
      Your sons, simple farm hands,
Eterno prestigio, estima y honor,
      Gained eternal renown, esteem and honour,
eterno prestigio, estima y honor.
      Gained eternal renown, esteem and honour.
¡Salve oh tierra gentil!
      Hail, gentle country!
¡Salve oh madre de amor!
      Hail, loving mother!
Cuando alguno pretenda tu gloria manchar,
      If anyone should attempt to besmirch your glory,
Verás a tu pueblo, valiente y viril
      You will see your people, valiant and virile,
La tosca herramienta en arma trocar.
      Exchange their rustic tools for weapons.
¡Salve patria! tu pródigo suelo
      Hail, O homeland! Your prodigal soil
Dulce abrigo y sustento nos da;
      Gives us sweet sustenance and shelter.
Bajo el límpido azul de tu cielo
      Under the limpid blue of your sky,
¡Vivan siempre el trabajo y la paz!
      May peaceful labour ever continue!