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|English: The Hope|
L. L. Zamenhof, the author of La Espero.
|Lyrics||L. L. Zamenhof|
|Music||Félicien Menu de Ménil|
"La Espero" ("The Hope") is a poem written by L. L. Zamenhof (1859–1917), the initiator of the Esperanto language. The song is often used as the anthem of Esperanto, and is now usually sung to a triumphal march composed by Félicien Menu de Ménil in 1909 (although there is an earlier, less martial tune created in 1891 by Claes Adelsköld, as well as a number of others less well-known). It is sometimes referred to as the hymn of the Esperanto movement.
Some Esperantists object to the use of terms like "hymn" or "anthem" for La Espero, arguing that these terms have religious and nationalist overtones respectively.
En la mondon venis nova sento,
Ne al glavo sangon soifanta
Sub la sankta signo de l' espero
Forte staras muroj de miljaroj
Sur neŭtrala lingva fundamento,
Nia diligenta kolegaro
Into the world came a new feeling,
Not to the sword thirsting for blood
Under the sacred sign of the hope
The walls of millennia stand firm
On a neutral language basis,
Our diligent set of colleagues
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