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Peru National Anthem

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Anthem Lyrics - English Translation

We are free; let us always be so,
And let the sun rather deny its light
Than that we should fail the solemn vow
Which our country raised to God.

For a long time the Peruvian, oppressed,
Dragged the ominous chain;
Condemned to cruel serfdom,
For a long time he moaned in silence.
But as soon as the sacred cry of
Freedom! was heard on his coasts,
He shook off the indolence of the slave,
He raised his humiliated head.

For a long time the oppressed Peruvian
dragged the ominous chain;
sentenced to a cruel servitude
for a long time in silence he moaned.
But as soon as the sacred cry of
"Liberty!" was heard on its coasts,
he shook off the indolence of slavery,
he raised the humiliated neck.

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
"Liberty", "Liberty" pronounced;
and the Andes, rocking their base,
announced it as well, in unison.

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

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

Countrymen, may we see her a slave no more.
If for three centuries she moaned, humiliated,
forever may we vow that she be free,
maintaining her 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.

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.

On its summit may the Andes sustain
the two-color flag or standard,
may it announce to the centuries the effort
that gave us being free forever.
Under its shadow may we live calmly
and, at the sun's birth over its summits,
may we renew the great oath
we rendered to the God of Jacob.

Anthem Lyrics in Official Language

Somos libres, seámoslo siempre, seámoslo siempre,
Y antes niegue 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.

Largo tiempo el peruano oprimido la ominosa cadena arrastró,
Condenado a cruel servidumbre largo tiempo en silencio gimió.
Mas apenas el grito sagrado ¡ Libertad en sus costas se oyó, !
La indolencia de esclavo sacude, la humillada cerviz levantó.


Ya el estruendo de broncas cadenas que escuchamos tre siglos de horror,
Que 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.


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.


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 si reparó,
Le atizaron el odio y venganza que heredera de su Inca y Señor.


¡ 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.


En su cima los Andes sostengan la bandera o pendón bicolor,
Que a los siglos anuncie el esfuerzo que ser libre, por siempre nos dió.
A su sombra vivamos tranquilos, y al nacer por sus cumbres el sol,
Renovemos el gran juramento que rendimos al Dios de Jacob.


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