Gloria al Bravo Pueblo

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Gloria al Bravo Pueblo
English: Glory to the Brave People
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National anthem of
 Venezuela

Also known as La Marsellesa Venezolana
English: Venezuelan Marseillaise
Lyrics Vicente Salias, 1810
Music Juan José Landaeta
Adopted 1881
Music sample

Gloria al Bravo Pueblo (Glory to the Brave People) was adopted as Venezuela's national anthem by President Antonio Guzmán Blanco on May 25, 1881. The lyrics were written by the physician and journalist Vicente Salias in 1810. The music was later composed by musician Juan José Landaeta. It is said, however, that the melody has been known since 1840 as La Marsellesa Venezolana (Venezuelan Marseillaise), in reference to its subtle similarity to the French national anthem.

Some recent investigations have suggested that the real author of the anthem was Andrés Bello, and not Salias, to whom it was originally credited, and the music was composed by another musician called Lino Gallardo.[citation needed] However, this theory has yet to be proven, and lacks any real recognition among the general Venezuelan population, historians, or otherwise.

Lyrics[edit]

Spanish

— Coro —
Gloria al bravo pueblo
que el yugo lanzó,
la Ley respetando
la virtud y honor.
 
— I —
¡Abajo cadenas!
Gritaba el señor;
y el pobre en su choza
libertad pidió.
A este santo nombre
tembló de pavor
el vil egoísmo
que otra vez triunfó.
 
(Coro)
— II —
Gritemos con brío
¡Muera la opresión!
Compatriotas fieles,
la fuerza es la unión;
y desde el empíreo,
el Supremo Autor
un sublime aliento
al pueblo infundió.
 
(Coro)
— III —
Unida con lazos
que el cielo formó,
la América toda
existe en nación;
y si el despotismo
levanta la voz
seguid el ejemplo
que Caracas dió.
(Coro)

English

— Chorus —
Glory to the brave people
who shook off the yoke,
Respecting the law,
virtue and honour.
(repeat all)
 
— I —
“Down with chains!” (2x)
The gentleman yelled; (2x)
And the poor man in his hovel
For Freedom implored.
Upon this holy name
Trembled in great dread
The vile selfishness
That had once prevailed.
(repeat last four lines)
(repeat last two lines)
 
(Chorus)
— II —
Let’s scream out aloud: (2x)
"Death to oppression!" (2x)
Oh, loyal countrymen:
Strength is in unity;
And from the Empyrean
The Supreme Author
A sublime spirit
To the people blew.
(repeat last four lines)
(repeat last two lines)
 
(Chorus)
— III —
United by bonds (2x)
That Heaven has formed, (2x)
The entire America
Exists as a Nation;
And if ever despotism
Raises again its voice,
Then follow the example
That Caracas gave.
(repeat last four lines)
(repeat last two lines)
(Chorus)

References & Notes[edit]

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Use[edit]

In most occasions, only the first stanza and the chorus are played. Sometimes the chorus is played twice in the beginning, and once in the rest of the anthem.