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KONINKLIJK INSTITUUT
voor de
MARINE

ROYAL NETHERLANDS
NAVAL ACADEMY



SONG OF THE NAVAL CADETS

Where de Ruyter once had to die in battle,
Where a Tromp maintained his fame,
We stand at the start of our life,
But our souls are filled with hope and courage.
If in later days it may come about
That the Dutch flag is undraped for war,
We will support it even when dying (2x)
But  deserting it ....Never! (2x)

If the Leopard will raise its claws
Against the free Netherlands,
Or if the Eagle will consider it
An easy prey,
Tromp, de Ruyter will arise,
In the free Netherlands.
The example set by van Speyk ,(2x)
We will follow with heart and hand. (2x)

Yes, we look up above
Where it flies one day after another,
And we swear and promise
Eternal faith to the Dutch flag.
And if sometimes in later days
The Red-White-Blue is undraped for battle,
We will support it even when dying (2x)
Violate that promise ....Never! (2x)


to continue to next page: Van Kinsbergen, 1952
BLO fecit 13 VII 1998