National Anthem of Peru

Lyrics of the Official Version of the National Anthem of Peru :-

Coro
Somos libres
seámoslo siempre, seámoslo siempre
y antes niegue sus luces
sus luces, sus luces el Sol!
Que faltemos al voto solemne
que la patria al Eterno elevó,
Que faltemos al voto solemne
que la patria al Eterno elevó.
Que faltemos al voto solemne
que la patria al Eterno elevó.

I (former official sung verse)
Largo tiempo el peruano oprimido
la ominosa cadena arrastró
condenado a una cruel servidumbre
largo tiempo, largo tiempo,
largo tiempo en silencio gimió.
Mas apenas el grito sagrado
¡Libertad! en sus costas se oyó
la indolencia del esclavo sacude
la humillada, la humillada,
la humillada cerviz levantó,
la humillada cerviz levantó, cerviz levantó...

Coro
II Y al estruendo de broncas cadenas
que escuchamos tres siglos de horror,
de los libres al grito sagrado
que oyó atónito el mundo, cesó.
Por doquier San Martín inflamado,
libertad, libertad, pronunció,
y meciendo su base los Andes
la anunciaron, también, a una voz.

III Con su influjo los pueblos despiertan
y cual rayo corrió la opinión;
desde el istmo a las tierras del fuego,
desde el fuego a la helada región.
Todos juran romper el enlace
que Natura a ambos mundos negó,
y quebrar ese cetro que España
reclinaba orgullosa en los dos.

IV Lima cumple ese voto solemne,
y, severa, su enojo mostró,
al tirano impotente lanzando,
que intentaba alargar su opresión.
A su esfuerzo saltaron los grillos
y los surcos que en sí reparó,
le atizaron el odio y venganza
que heredara de su Inca y Señor.

V Compatriotas, no más verla esclava.
Si humillada tres siglos gimió,
para siempre jurémosla libre,
manteniendo su propio esplendor.
Nuestros brazos, hasta hoy desarmados
estén siempre cebando el cañón,
que algún día las playas de Iberia
sentirán de su estruendo el terror.

VI (Former fifth verse)
Excitemos los celos de España
pues presiente con mengua y furor
que en concurso de grandes naciones
nuestra patria entrará en parangón.
En la lista que de éstas se forme
llenaremos primero el reglón
que el tirano ambicioso Iberino,
que la América toda asoló.

VII (Present Official sung verse)
En su cima los Andes sostengan
la bandera o pendón bicolor,
que a los siglos anuncie el esfuerzo
que ser libres, que ser libres
que ser libres por siempre nos dio.
A su sombra vivamos tranquilos,
y al nacer por sus cumbres el sol,
renovemos el gran juramento
que rendimos, que rendimos
que rendimos al Dios de Jacob,
que rendimos al Dios de Jacob, al Dios del Jacob....

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English Translation

Chorus
We are free!
May we always be so, may we always be so!
and let the lights be denied before
the lights, the lights...of the sun!
Before we break the solemn vow
which the fatherland elevated to the Eternal,
Before we break the solemn vow
which the fatherland elevated to the Eternal.
Before we break the solemn vow
which the fatherland elevated to the Eternal.

I (former official sung verse)
For a long time the oppressed Peruvian
the ominous chain he dragged
Condemned to a cruel servitude
for a long time, for a long time
for a long time he quietly moaned
But as soon as the sacred cry
Freedom! in its coasts was heard
the slaves' indolence shakes
the humiliated, the humiliated,
the humiliated neck raised up,
the humiliated neck raised up, neck raised up...

Chorus
II
Now the roar of rough chains
that we had heard for three centuries of horror
from the free, at the sacred cry
that the world heard astonished, ceased.
Everywhere the inflamed San Martín
"Freedom", "Freedom" he pronounced;
and the Andes, rocking their base,
announced it as well, in unison.

III
With its influx the peoples woke up,
and like lighting ran the opinion;
from the Isthmus to the Tierra del Fuego,
and from Tierra del Fuego to the icy regions.
Everyone vowed to break the link
that Nature denied to both worlds,
and break the sceptre that Spain
had reclined, proudly, on both.

IV
Lima fulfilled this solemn vow,
and, severe, its anger showed
by throwing out the powerless tyrant,
who had been trying to extend his oppression.
On its endeavor the shackles cracked,
and the furrows that it had repaired in itself
stirred up its hatred and vengeance,
inherited from its Inca and Lord.

V
Countrymen, may we see it a slave no more.
If for three centuries it moaned, humiliated,
forever may we swear it'd be free,
maintaining its own splendor.
Our arms, until today unarmed,
be they always readying the cannon,
that some day the beaches of Iberia
will feel the horror of its roar.

VI (Former fifth verse)
May we arouse the jealousy of Spain
since it has a premonition, with want and furor,
that in a contest of great nations
our country will enter in comparison.
On the list formed by these
we shall fill the line first,
ahead of the ambitious Iberian tyrant,
who devastated all of America.

VII (Present Official sung verse)
On its summits may the Andes sustain
the two-color flag or standard,
may it announce to the centuries the effort
that being free, that being free
that being free gave us forever.
Under its shadow may we live calmly
and, at birth of the sun in its summits,
may we all renew the great oath
that we rendered, that we rendered
that we rendered to the God of Jacob,
that we rendered to the God of Jacob, the God of Jacob.....

Chorus

 

Peru’s National Anthem gained its official recognition on the eve of 23rd September 1821 when the whole nation united together to sing the Anthem whose lyrics were written by Jose Bernardo Alcedo. This popular lyricist had participated in the National March; a selection procedure organized by Jose de San Martin to receive the best composition for the National Anthem of Peru. That day, the people of Peru with great enthusiasm assembled in the Lima city theatre to listen to the melodious voice of Rosa Merino who gave honor to the wonderful lyrics of the Peruvian National Anthem.

After the official adoption of the National Anthem, many more compositions came up to replace the official version. In the reign of Eduardo Lopez de Romania, the lyrics of Jose Santos Chocano earned the approval. But the people of Peru were too much in the favor of the original National Anthem. They were against any changes in the official Anthem. Again in 1913, during the reign of the Gulliermo Billinghurst, a serious opposition from the public helped restore the original composition of the National Anthem.

It was only in the year 2005 that the Constitutional Tribunal included one additional stanza taken from folklore in the original Anthem. This addition comprised to make a total of seven stanzas in the National Anthem of Peru.

In the Anthem, the people take a vow to maintain the freedom attained by the whole nation through a series of trials and tribulations endured by the people. The three hundred years’ slavery finally encouraged the people to rebel, to rise their ‘humiliated necks’ and to wage a war against the colonizers. The infuriated people got together to drive the enemy away and to never let the enemy to infringe the independent territory of their nation. Thus in the National Anthem of Peru, emphasis has been given to the efforts made by the people to win the battle for freedom. And the solemn vow of the people intends to give honor to the freedom achieved.

 

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