Olympic official anthem was chosen by the International Olympic Committee in
1957. Its song was composed by Spiros Samaras and was performed by Kostis
Palamas as a solo singer:
Immortal spirit of antiquity
true, beautiful and good,
and shed over us thy light
ground and under this sky
first witnessed thy unperishable fame
and animation to those noble games!
wreaths of fadeless flowers to the visitors
race and in the strife!
your breasts, hearts of steel!
light, plains, mountains and seas
Shine in a
roseate hue and form a vast temple
all nations throng to adore thee,
immortal spirit of antiquity