Colombia National Anthem

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Anthem History

The words to Colombia's anthem were written by a four-time president of the nation. President Rafael Nú ñez and the music was composed by Oreste Sindici. The anthem was first performed on November 11 1887 and was officially adopted on July 4, 1946. On TV broadcasts and all events, the chorus, first verse and chorus once again are sung

Anthem Lyrics

"¡Oh Gloria inmarcesible!" ("Oh Unfading Glory!")



Coro:


Oh gloria inmarcesible !


Oh Jú bilo inmortal !


En surcos de dolores


El bien germina ya !


I


Cesó la horrible noche ! la libertad sublime


derrama las auroras de su invencible luz.


La humanidad entera, que entre cadenas gime,


comprende las palabras del que murió en la cruz.


II


Independencia grita el mundo americano;


se baña en sangre de héroes la tierra de Colón.


Pero este gran principio: el Rey no es soberano,


resuena, y los que sufren bendicen su pasión.


III


Del Orinoco el cauce se colma de despojos;


de sangre y llanto un río se mira allí correr.


En Bárbula no saben las almas ni los ojos,


si admiración o espanto sentir o padecer.


IV


A orillas del caribe hambriento un pueblo lucha,


Horrores prefiriendo a pérfida salud.


Oh, sí de Cartagena la abnegación es mucha,


y escombros de la muerte desprecia su virtud.


V


De Boyacá en los campos el genio de la gloria


con cada espiga un héroe invicto coronó.


Soldados sin coraza ganaron la victoria;


su varonil aliento de escudo les sirvió.


VI


Bolivar cruza el Ande que riega dos océanos;


espadas cual centellas fulguran en junín.


Centauros indomables descienden a los llanos,


y empieza a presentirse de la epopeya el fin.


VII


La trompa victoriosa en Ayacucho truena;


y en cada triunfo crece su formidable son.


En su expansivo empuje la libertad se estrena,


del cielo americano formando un pabellón.


VIII


La virgen sus cabellos arranca en agonía


y de su amor viuda los cuelga del ciprés.


Lamenta su esperanza que cubre loza fría,


pero glorioso orgullo circunda su alba tez.


IX


La patria así se forma termópilas brotando;


constelación de cíclopes su noche iluminó.


La flor estremecida, mortal el viento hallando,


debajo los laureles seguridad buscó.


X


Mas no es completa gloria vencer en la batalla,


que el brazo que combate lo anima la verdad.


La independencia sola al gran clamor no acalla;


si el sol alumbra a todos, justicia es libertad.


XI


Del hombre los derechos Nariño predicando,


el alma de la lucha profético enseñó.


Ricaurte en San Mateo en átomos volando,


deber antes que vida con llamas escribió.

Anthem Lyrics English

CHORUS:


Oh unfading glory!


Oh immortal joy!


In burrows of pain


Good germinates now


Good germinates now


Oh unfading glory!


Oh immortal joy!


In burrows of pain


Good germinates now

I


The horrible night has ended!


the sublime liberty


pours the dawns


of its invincible light.


The whole humanity,


crying in its chain,


understands the words


of the One that died in the Cross.

2.


"Independence" cries


The American world;


In heroes' blood is bathing


The Land of Columbus.


But this great principle:


"The King is not sovereign",


Resounds, and those who suffer


Praise the passion in it.

Colombia Flag

Colombia Flag

Flag History Yellow symbolizes sovereignty and justice, blue for nobility, loyalty and vigilance, and red for valor, honor, generosity and victory acheived at the cost of bloodshed. According to another interpretation the yellow stands for universal liberty, the blue is for equality of all races and social classes before God and the law and red for fraternity.
Flag Date of Adoption 26 November 1861
Flag Symbolism three horizontal bands of yellow (top, double-width), blue, and red; similar to the flag of Ecuador, which is longer and bears the Ecuadorian coat of arms superimposed in the center

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