Mexican National Anthem



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Mexican National Anthem

Mexicans, at the cry of war,
prepare the steel and the steed,
and may the earth shake at its core
to the resounding roar of the cannon.


I

Gird, oh country, your brow with olive


the divine archangel of peace,
for your eternal destiny was written
in the heavens by the hand of God.

But if some strange enemy should dare


to profane your ground with his step,
think, oh beloved country, that heaven
has given you a soldier in every son.

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II

War, war without truce to any who dare


to tarnish the country's coat-of-arms! War, war! Take the national pennants
and soak them in waves of blood.

War, war! In the mountain, in the valley,


the cannons thunder in horrid unison
and the resonant echoes
cry out union, liberty!

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III

Oh country, 'ere your children


defenseless bend their neck to the yoke,
may your fields be watered with blood,
may they trod upon blood.

And may your temples, palaces and towers


collapse with horrid clamor,
and their ruins live on to say:
This land belonged to a thousand heroes.

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IV

Oh, country, country, your children swear


to breathe their last in your honor,
if the trumpet with warlike accent
should call them to fight with courage.

For you the olive branches!


A reminder for them of glory!
A laurel of victory for you!
For them a tomb with honor!

Chorus

Mexicans, at the cry of war,
prepare the steel and the steed,
and may the earth shake at its core
to the resounding roar of the cannon.


American National Anthem

Oh, say can you see, by the dawn's early light,


What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,


Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore


That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wiped out their foul footstep's pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand


Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Questions

  1. Compare and contrast the Mexican and American Anthems.

  2. What is the basic message and tone of each?





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