Cancion Patriotica (National Anthem of Bolivia)


SPANISH VERSION


Bolivianos el hado propicioCoronó nuestros votos y anhelo;Es ya libre, ya libre este suelo,Ya cesó su servil condición.Al estruendo marcial que ayer fueraY al clamor de la guerra horroroso,Siguen hoy en contraste armoniosoDulces himnos de paz y de unión.Siguen hoy en contraste armoniosoDulces himnos de paz y de unión.
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De la Patria, el alto nombreEn glorioso esplendor conservemosY en sus aras de nuevo juremos¡morir antes que esclavos vivir!¡morir antes que esclavos vivir!¡morir antes que esclavos vivir!Aqui alzó la justicia su trono,Que la vil opresión desconoca.Y este timbre glorioso legóse.Libertad! Libertad! Libertad!Que los hijos del grande BolívarHan ya mil y mil veces jurado,Morir antes que ver humilladoDe la Patria el augusto pendón.
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Loor eterno a los bravos guerreros,Cuyo heroíco valor y firmeza,Conquistaron las glorias que empiezaHoy Bolivia feliz a gozar.Que sus nombres el mármol y el bronceA remotas edades transmitany en sonoros cantares repitan:Nuestros hijos y nietos a par.
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English Translation
Bolivians, a favourable destiny Has crowned our vows and longings;This land is free,Your servile state has ended.The martial turmoil of yesterday And the horrible clamour of war Are followed today, in harmonious contrast, By sweet hymns of peace and unity. Are followed today, in harmonious contrast, By sweet hymns of peace and unity.
CHORUS:
We have kept the lofty name of our country In glorious splendour, And on its altars we once more swear To die, rather than live as slaves. To die, rather than live as slaves.To die, rather than live as slaves.This innocent and beautiful land,Which owes its name to Bolivar,Is the happy homeland where menEnjoy the benefits of good fortune and peace.For the sons of the great BolivarHave sworn, thousands upon thousands of times,To die rather than see the country'sMajestic flag humiliated.
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Eternal praise to the brave warriorsWhose heroic valour and firmnessConquered the glories that nowA happy Bolivia begins to enjoy!Let their names, in marble and in bronze,Transmit to remote agesAnd in resounding song repeat the call:Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!
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Written by Jose Ignacio de Sanjines (who was also a signer of the Bolivian declaration of Independence and the first Bolivian constitution and composed by an Italian, Leopoldo Vincenti (hbdirect.com), this song is performed on the largely celebrated Bolivian independence day, August sixth. The writers of the composition sought to make national memories of some of the history that Bolivia made over the past century (hbdirect.com). They largely believed in the phrase, "A people without history cannot have a character that sets them apart (Rebecca Earle)."

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The national anthems of all countries are special to them, each unique to their own section of land and group of peoples. This specific one was written by a dedicated man. Jose Ignacio was well established and well known. His composition was adopted in 1851 and is also known as Bolivianos, el Hado Propicio, meaning, Bolivians, a most favorable destiny.

This particular anthem is all about the history that the country of Bolivia had experienced and survived. It is all about their newfound freedom and it is celebrating how all of their hard work has paid off. The song tells listeners that they're work is done and now they are free to roam the country with out fear of war and battling for independence and rights of their own. It largely celebrates Bolivians not serving as slaves for Spaniards and being treated as sub humans. The composition is moving and tells the tale of Bolivian Independence.