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შენ ხარ ვენახი (Shen khar venakhi)

This is a Georgian hymn to Georgia and the Virgin Mary. The text is thought to have been written by King Demetrius I (დემეტრე I) of Georgia (1093-1156). It is not known who wrote the music.

I learnt during the summer of 2012 and sang it in the Sing for Water choir in London in September of that year.

Shen khar venakhi in the Georgian alphabet

შენ ხარ ვენახი, ახლად აყვავებული,
ნორჩი კეთილი, ედემს შინა ნერგული,
(ალვა სუნელი, სამოთხეს ამოსული),
(ღმერთმან შეგამკო ვერვინა გჯობს ქებული),
და თავით თვისით მზე ხარ და გაბრწყინვებული.


Shen khar venakhi, akhlad aqvavebuli.
norchi k'etili, edems shina nerguli.
(alva suneli, samotkhes amosuli.)
(ghmertman shegamk'o vervina gjobs kebuli.)
da tavit tvisit mze khar da gabrts'qinvebuli.


You are a vineyard newly blossomed.
Young, beautiful, growing in Eden,
(A fragrant poplar sapling in Paradise.)
(May God adorn you. No one is more worthy of praise.)
You yourself are the sun, shining brilliantly.

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