Paraguay National Anthem

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Paraguayos, Repú blica o Muerte is the national anthem of Paraguay. The lyrics were written by Francisco Acuña de Figueroa

Anthem Lyrics

Paraguayos, Repú blica o Muerte



Paraguayos, ¡Repú blica o Muerte!


nuestro brío nos dio libertad;


ni opresores, ni siervos alientan


donde reina unión e igualdad.

A los pueblos de América, infausto


tres centurias un cetro oprimió,


mas un día soberbia surgiendo,


"¡Basta!" —dijo, y el cetro rompió.


Nuestros padres, lidiando grandiosos,


ilustraron su gloria marcial;


y trozada la augusta diadema,


enalzaron el gorro triunfal.

Nueva Roma, la Patria ostentará


dos caudillos de nombre y valer,


que rivales —cual Rómulo y Remo—


dividieron gobierno y poder.


Largos años —cual Febo entre nubes—


viose oculta la perla del Sud.


Hoy un héroe grandioso aparece


realzando su gloria y virtud...

Con aplauso la Europa y el Mundo


la saludan, y aclaman también;


de heroísmo: baluarte invencible,


de riquezas: magnífico Edén.


Cuando entorno rugió la Discordia


que otros Pueblos fatal devoró,


paraguayos, el suelo sagrado


con sus alas un ángel cubrió.

¡Oh! cuán pura, de lauro ceñida,


dulce Patria te ostentas así


En tu enseña se ven los colores


del zafiro, diamante y rubí.


En tu escudo que el sol ilumina,


bajo el gorro se mira el león.


Doble imagen de fuertes y libres,


y de glorias, recuerdo y blasón.

De la tumba del vil feudalismo


se alza libre la Patria deidad;


opresores, ¡doblad rodilla!,


compatriotas, ¡el Himno entonad!


Suene el grito: "¡Repú blica o muerte!",


nuestros pechos lo exhalen con fe,


y sus ecos repitan los montes


cual gigantes poniéndose en pie.

Libertad y justicia defiende


nuestra Patria; tiranos, ¡oíd!:


de sus fueros la carta sagrada


su heroísmo sustenta en la lid.


Contra el mundo, si el mundo se opone,


Si intentare su prenda insultar,


batallando vengar la sabremos


o abrazo con ella expirar.

Alza, oh Pueblo, tu espada esplendente


que fulmina destellos de Dios,


no hay más medio que libre o esclavo


y un abismo divide a los dos.


En las auras el Himno resuene,


repitiendo con eco triunfal:


¡a los libres perínclita gloria!,


¡a la Patria laurel inmortal!

Anthem Lyrics English

Paraguayans: Republic or Death!


Our spirit gave us liberty


Neither opressors nor slaves exist


Where union and equality reign.

The peoples of the Americas, unfortunately,


Were oppressed for three centuries by a scepter


Bt one magnificent day surging forth,


"Enough", it said, and broke the scepter.


Our fathers, grandiose in battle,


Showed their martial glory;


And after smashing the august diadem,


Raised the triumphal cap.

A new Rome, the Fatherland shall proudly display


Two leaders of name and valor


Who, rivals, like Romulus and Remus


Divided government and power.


Long years, during which Phoebus in the clouds


Saw darken the pearl of the South,


Today a grand hero appears


Raising up again her glory and virtue...

Europe and the world salute her with applause


And also acclaim


Invincible bastion of heroism,


Magnificent Eden of riches.


(But) when discord rumbled all around


Which fatally devoured other Peoples,


Paraguayans, the sacred ground


Was covered by an angel with its wings.

Oh, how pure, of laurel girded


Sweet Fatherland, in this manner you show yourself.


In your ensign one sees the colors


Of sapphire, diamond, and ruby.


In your coat of arms, which the Sun illuminates,


Under the cap, one sees the lion.


Double image of the strong and the free,


And of glories, the memory and crest.

From the tomb of vile feudalism


The national Deity rises free;


Oppressors, bend your knees!


Compatriots, entone the hymn!


Sound the cry, "Republic or death"!


Our breasts exhale it with faith,


And the mountains repeat its echoes


Like giants arising.

Our Fatherland defends liberty and justice;


Tyrants: listen!


The laws in its sacred charter


Will sustain its heroism in the fight.


Against the world, if the world opposes it,


If the world dares to insult her security,


Battling to avenge we shall know her


Or die embracing her.

Arise, oh People, your splendid sword


That strikes with sparkles of God,


There is no middle ground between free or slave


And an abyss divides the two.


In the gentle breezes the Hymn resounds,


Repeating with triumphal echo:


For the free, renowned glory!


For the Fatherland, immortal laurel!

Paraguay Flag

Paraguay Flag

Flag History This is the only national flag in the world to have a different design on the oberse and reverse. Red stands for Patriotism, courage, equality, and justice. White for steadfastness, unity , peace, and the purity of ideas. Blue is for Kindliness, love, sharpness, sense of reality and liberty. Tje star symbolizes the date of independence, May 14, 1811. The lion guarding the Phrygian cap symbolizes the defense of liberty.
Flag Date of Adoption 25 November 1842
Flag Symbolism three equal, horizontal bands of red (top), white, and blue with an emblem centered in the white band; unusual flag in that the emblem is different on each side; the obverse (hoist side at the left) bears the national coat of arms (a yellow five-pointed star within a green wreath capped by the words REPUBLICA DEL PARAGUAY, all within two circles); the reverse (hoist side at the right) bears the seal of the treasury (a yellow lion below a red Cap of Liberty and the words Paz y Justicia (Peace and Justice) capped by the words REPUBLICA DEL PARAGUAY, all within two circles)

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