Bolivia National Anthem

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Anthem History

The composer of the music (Leopoldo Benedetto Vincenti) is an Italian, which is not that uncommon for "Latin American epic anthems" such as this one, as they often resemble Italian operatic pieces. The author of the lyrics was an ardent patriot, a signer of the Bolivian declaration of Independence and of the first constitution of the country.

Anthem Lyrics

"Canción Patriótica" (Patriotic Song)




Bolivianos el hado propicio


Coronó nuestros votos y anhelo;


Es ya libre, ya libre este suelo,


Ya cesó su servil condición.


Al estruendo marcial que ayer fuera


Y al clamor de la guerra horroroso,


Siguen hoy en contraste armonioso


Dulces himnos de paz y de unión.


Siguen hoy en contraste armonioso


Dulces himnos de paz y de unión.

CHORUS:


De la Patria, el alto nombre


En glorioso esplendor conservemos


Y en sus aras de nuevo juremos


¡morir antes que esclavos vivir!


¡morir antes que esclavos vivir!


¡morir antes que esclavos vivir!

Aqui alzó la justicia su trono,


Que la vil opresión desconoca.


Y este timbre glorioso legóse.


Libertad! Libertad! Libertad!


Que los hijos del grande Bolívar


Han ya mil y mil veces jurado,


Morir antes que ver humillado


De la Patria el augusto pendón.

CHORUS

Loor eterno a los bravos guerreros,


Cuyo heroíco valor y firmeza,


Conquistaron las glorias que empieza


Hoy Bolivia feliz a gozar.


Que sus nombres el mármol y el bronce


A remotas edades transmitan


y en sonoros cantares repitan:


Nuestros hijos y nietos a par.

CHORUS

Anthem Lyrics English

Bolivians, a favourable destiny


Has crowned our vows and longings;


This land is free,


Your servile state has ended.


The martial turmoil of yesterday


And the horrible clamour of war


Are followed today, in harmonious contrast,


By sweet hymns of peace and unity.


Are followed today, in harmonious contrast,


By sweet hymns of peace and unity.

CHORUS:


We have kept the lofty name of our country


In glorious splendour,


And on its altars we once more swear


To die, rather than live as slaves.


To die, rather than live as slaves.


To die, rather than live as slaves.

This innocent and beautiful land,


Which owes its name to Bolivar,


Is the happy homeland where men


Enjoy the benefits of good fortune and peace.


For the sons of the great Bolivar


Have sworn, thousands upon thousands of times,


To die rather than see the country's


Majestic flag humiliated.

CHORUS

Eternal praise to the brave warriors


Whose heroic valour and firmness


Conquered the glories that now


A happy Bolivia begins to enjoy!


Let their names, in marble and in bronze,


Transmit to remote ages


And in resounding song repeat the call:


Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!

CHORUS

Bolivia Flag

Bolivia Flag

Flag History Red symbolizes the blood of the national heroes, sacrifice and love. The yellow stands for the mineral resourses and for the Incas, who were the fist to make use of them. Green is a symbol of eternal hope, evolution and progress.
Flag Date of Adoption 31 October 1851
Flag Symbolism three equal horizontal bands of red (top), yellow, and green. The state flag also has a coat of arms centered on the yellow band; similar to the flag of Ghana, which has a large black five-pointed star centered in the yellow band

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