Composer: Rouget de Lisle (1792)
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Composer: 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 >

Tune Information

Composer: Rouget de Lisle (1792)
Incipit: 55511 22531 13164
Key: G Major
Copyright: Public Domain


The host of heaven that throne surrounding

The Missionary Marseillaise

Ye Christian men of every nation,
Hark, hark what cries salute your ears!
The heathen in their degradation
They call for help with sighs and tears,
They call for help with sighs and tears;
Shall souls immortal languish bleeding?
Oppressed by Satan&#;s slavish chains,
In superstition&#;s woes and pains,
While Christian hearts are dead, unheeding?

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The Cyber Hymnal #4272
Text: The Missionary Marseillaise
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