2 Allons enfants de la patrie, Le jour de gloire est arrivéContre nous de la tyrannieL'étendard sanglant est levéEntendez vous dans les campagnes,Mugir ces féroces soldats?Ils viennent jusque dans nos brasEgorger nos fils, nos compagnes!Aux armes, citoyens!Formez vos bataillons!Marchons! Marchons!Qu'un sang impurAbreuve nos sillons!Arise children of the fatherlandThe day of glory has arrivedAgainst us tyranny'sBloody flag is raisedListen to the sound in the fieldsThe roar of these fearsome soldiersThey are coming into our midstTo cut the throats of your sons and companionsTo arms citizensForm your battalionsMarch, marchLet impure bloodWater our fields
3 Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle dedicated this song to Bavarian-born French officer Marshall Nicolas Luckner.La Marseillaise was declared the French national anthem in 1795."Chant de guerre de l'Armee du Rhin" which means "Marching Song of the Rhine Army“ was the original name of this composition.Interesting Facts …It was made the permanent national anthem in 1879.When the troops from Marseille arrived in Paris this song was sung for the first time.
4 EVENTS AT THE TIME … The French declared war on Austria and Prussia. Shortly after Claude wrote this song he was nearly guillotined!During the years the French revolution took place. This was when republicans overthrew the Monarchy and the Roman Catholic Church.EVENTS AT THE TIME …CAUSES OF THE REVOLUTION:Resentment of the Royals.The rise of enlightenment idealsFood scarcity in the years immediately before the revolution.
5 Theme … EVIDENCE … France is trying to scare the enemy. “ That their impure blood shall water our fields.”France is trying to scare the enemy.“ To slaughter your sons, your companions.”Theme …EVIDENCE …The French will, one day, succeed in war“ Against us, the bloodyFlag of tyranny is raised,The bloody flag is raised.”