Land of the Nifty

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Land of the Nifty

National anthem of Shireroth
Lyrics Scott Alexander
Jess Heimer (funerary)
Music Gryphon Avocatio, Before 1499 AN
Adopted Before 1499 AN
Relinquished 1661 AN

“Land of the Nifty” is the national anthem of the Imperial Republic of Shireroth. The music was composed by Gryphon Avocatio, during the reign of Raynor XI, and did not originally have lyrics. Three verses were later written by Scott of Alexander, two in 1505 AN and a third in 1544. The anthem is unique in that it also has specifically funerary lyrics, written by Jess Heimer in the same year as the addition of the third verse.

Having fallen into disuse during the 17th century, with the general reaction against the dubious concept of “nift”, it was finally consigned to oblivion in 1661, being replaced by “The Benacian Beast”, a paean to Shirerithian expansionism penned by the King of Goldshire. The first four lines of third verse, "Bless the Realm and Death Spare the Kaiser", remains the imperial hymn, with slightly altered lyrics.

However, after the Kalirion Fracture, The Benacian Beast was considered to be improper for the changed circumstances of Shireroth. As such, the old national anthem was dusted off, and brought back.

Original Lyrics

First verse [1] Second verse [1] Third verse [2] Funerary verse [3]

Shireroth, the land of the nifty,
Hallowed by our toil;
Shireroth, the land of the happy,
Our own patch of soil;
Shireroth, the land of the rebel,
Blazing our own ways;
Shireroth, the land of the noble,
Let us sing thy praise!

Shireroth, the land of the nifty,
Hallowed by gods and Fate.
Where small clods of soil and filth
Can merge into something great.
Shireroth, the land of the rebel,
Breaking from ways of yore.
Shireroth, the land of the noble,
May Death spare thee evermore!

Bless the realm and Death spare the Kaiser;
Long may his strength increase.
May he slay all demons of Balgurd,
Keeping the land at peace.
May he slay all treacherous Babkhans,
Vengeance both just and swift.
May he be both mighty and noble,
Bringing his people nift.

One of those Kaisers die,
Another one bites the dust;
And those seven Yardistani angels
Bring another angel home.

References

  1. ^ a b Alexander, Scott (2005-06-01). "Re: Anthem lyrics". Imperial Republic of Shireroth. http://shireroth.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=28445#p28445. 
  2. ^ Alexander, Scott (2008-09-29). "Re: Did we ever get any lyrics to our national anthem?". Imperial Republic of Shireroth. http://shireroth.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=116356#p116356. 
  3. ^ Heimer, Jess (2008-09-29). "Re: Did we ever get any lyrics to our national anthem?". Imperial Republic of Shireroth. http://shireroth.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=116370#p116370.