Ode to Nemanja
ODE TO NEMANJA
by Bishop Vasilije Petrović Njegoš
inscription in the Cetinje Chronicles
O Simeon, the sainted Nemanja,
Father of numerous kin,
You left fine heirs
Who glorified Serbia with kingdom,
Many churches they built,
Their fatherland enlightened.
The Turks conquered your fatherland,
Many of our churches destroyed.
Holy Serb kings arise,
Say a prayer to Christ the King,
Strike down the Mohammedan faith,
Expel it from your fatherland!
Help the Christian Emperor,
Revive your fatherland!
Serb bishops, do not rest,
But pray to God all night long
The Empire of the Serbs to restore
To glorify it with justice and blessing!