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Marseilles Hymn

Ye sons of Freedom, wake to glory!

Author: Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Published in 11 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Ye sons of Freedom, wake to glory!
Hark! hark! what myriads bid you rise!
Your children, wives, and grand-sires hoary,
Behold their tears, and hear their cries!
Behold their tears, and hear their cries!
Shall hateful tyrants, mischief breeding,
With hireling hosts, a ruffian band,
Affright and desolate the land,
When peace and liberty lie bleeding?

To arms, to arms, ye brave!
Th’avenging sword unsheath!
March on, march on,
All hearts resolved
On liberty or death!

2 With luxury and pride surrounded,
The vile insatiate despots dare,
Their thirst for gold and pow’r unbounded,
To smite and bind the light and air,
To smite and bind the light and air.
Like beasts of burden would they load us,
Like gods would bid their slaves adore,
But man is man, and who is more
Then shall they longer lash and goad us? [Refrain]

3 O, Liberty! can man resign thee,
Once having felt thy gen’rous flame?
Can dungeons, bolts and bars confine thee?
Or whips thy noble spirit tame?
Or whips thy noble spirit tame?
Too long the world has wept, bewailing,
That falsehood’s dagger tyrants wield;
But freedom is our sword and shield,
And all their arts are unavailing. [Refrain]

Source: Hymns for Today: for Sunday Schools, Young People's Societies, The Church, The Home, Community Welfare Associations, and Patriotic Meetings #272

Author: Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle

Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, sometimes spelled de l'Isle, (10 May 1760, Lons-le-Saunier – 26 June 1836, Choisy-le-Roi), was a French army officer of the French Revolutionary Wars. He is known for writing the words and music of the "Chant de guerre pour l'armée du Rhin" in 1792, which would later be known as "La Marseillaise" and become the French national anthem. De Lisle was born at Lons-le-Saunier, reputedly on a market day. His parents lived in the neighbouring village of Montaigu.[1] A plaque was placed at the precise spot of his birth and a statue erected in the town's centre in 1882. He was the eldest son of Claude Ignace Rouget (April 5, 1735 - August 6, 1792) at Orgelet and Jeanne Madeleine Gaillande (July 2, 1734 - March 20… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Ye sons of Freedom, wake to glory!
Title: Marseilles Hymn
Author: Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Language: English
Refrain First Line: To arms, to arms ye brave!
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 11 of 11)
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High School Hymnal #179


Hymns for Today #272

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Hymns of Praise and Patriotism #161

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Palmer's Sabbath School Songs #72c

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School and College Hymnal #179

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The American Vocalist #348

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The Army and Navy Hymnal #P4

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The Assembly Hymn and Song Collection #141

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The Chapel Hymnal #S40

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The School Hymnal #259

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Worship and Song. (Rev. ed.) #226

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