La Marseillaise (Patterson)

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La Marseillaise
by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, translated by Iain Patterson

"La Marseillaise" ([la maʁ.sɛ.jɛːz]; in English The Song of Marseille) is the national anthem of France. It was a song written and composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in Strasbourg on April 25, 1792. Its original name was "Chant de guerre pour l'Armée du Rhin" ("War Song for the Army of the Rhine") and it was dedicated to Marshal Nicolas Luckner, a Bavarian-born French officer from Cham.Excerpted from La Marseillaise on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

1Arise children of the fatherland
The day of glory has arrived
Against us tyranny's
Bloody standard is raised
Listen to the sound in the fields
The howling of these fearsome soldiers
They are coming into our midst
To cut the throats of your sons and consorts
refrainTo arms citizens
Form your battalions
March, march
Let impure blood
Water our furrows

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