La Marseillaise

(The Song of Marseilles)

Original French Words


Allons enfants de la patrie,

Le jour de gloire est arrivé!

Contre nous, de la tyrannie

L'étendard sanglant est levé

(repeat)

Entendez vous dans les campagnes

Mugir ces féroces soldats?

Ils viennent jusque dans nos bras

Egorger vos fils, vos compagnes.



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Aux armes, citoyens!

Formez vos bataillons!

Marchons! Marchons!

Qu'un sang impur

Abreuve nos sillons!



Amour sacré de la patrie,

Conduis, soutiens nos bras vengeurs!

Liberté, Liberté chérie,

Combats avec les défenseurs!

(repeat)

Sous nos drapeaux, que la victoire

Accoure à tes mâles accents!

Que tes ennemis expirants

Voient ton triomphe et notre gloire!



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English Translation



Ye sons of France, awake to glory!

Hark! Hark! the people bid you rise!

Your children, wives, and grandsires hoary

Behold their tears and hear their cries!

(repeat)

Shall hateful tyrants, mischief breeding,

With hireling hosts a ruffian band

Affright and desolate the land

While peace and liberty lie bleeding?



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To arms, to arms, ye brave!

Th'avenging sword unsheathe!

March on, march on, all hearts resolved

On liberty or death.



Oh liberty can man resign thee,

Once having felt thy gen'rous flame?

Can dungeons, bolts, and bar confine thee?

Or whips thy noble spirit tame?

(repeat)

Too long the world has wept bewailing

That falsehood's dagger tyrants wield;

But freedom is our sword and shield

And all their arts are unavailing.



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Lyrics and Music: Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, 1792

Adopted: 1795