1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Ça Ira

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ÇA IRA, a song of the French Revolution, with the refrain:—

"Ah! ça ira, ça ira, ça ira!
Les aristocrates à la lanterne."

The words, written by one Ladré, a street singer, were put to an older tune, called "Le Carillon National," and the song rivalled the Carmagnole (q.v.) during the Terror. It was forbidden by the Directory.