Mexican National Anthem

El Himno Nacional Mexicano

The Mexican National Anthem was written by poet Francisco Gonzalez Bocanegra and musician Jaime Nuno. It was declared  Mexico’s National Anthem on February 9, 1854, after a national contest was launched to find an anthem for our country. It was first performed on September 15, 1854, for the Fiestas Patrias, or Independence Fiesta.

Mexicanos, al grito de guerra

El acero aprestad y el bridón;

y retiemble en sus centros la tierra

Al sonoro rugir del cañón.

Ciña oh patria! tus sienes de oliva

De la Paz el arcángel divino,

Que en el cielo tu eterno destino

Por el dedo de Dios se escribió.

Más si osare un extraño enemigo

Profanar con su planta tu suelo,

Piensa, oh patria querida ,que el cielo

Un soldado en cada hijo te dio.

Guerra, guerra sin tregua al que intente De la patria manchar los blasones!

Guerra, guerra! Los patrios pendones En las olas de sangre empapad.

Guerra, guerra! En el monte, en el valle Los cañones horrísonos truenen

Y los ecos sonoros resuenen Con las voces de Unión! Libertad!

Antes, patria, que inermes tus hijos Bajo el yugo su cuello dobleguen,

Tus campiñas con sangre se rieguen, Sobre sangre se estampe su pie.

Y tus templos, palacios y torres

Se derrumben con hórrido estruendo,

Y sus ruinas existan diciendo:

De mil héroes la patria aquí fue.

Coro

Patria! patria! Tus hijos te juran

Exhalar en tus aras su aliento,

Si el clarín con su bélico acento

Los convoca a lidiar con valor.

Para ti las guirnaldas de oliva!

Un recuerdo para ellos de gloria!

Un laurel para ti de victoria!

Un sepulcro para ellos de honor!

Mexicanos, al grito de guerra

El acero aprestad y el bridón;

y retiemble en sus centros la tierra

Al sonoro rugir del cañón.

Mexicans, at the cry of war, prepare the steel and the steed, and may the earth shake at its core to the resounding roar of the cannon.

Gird, oh country, your brow with olive the divine archangel of peace, for your eternal destiny was written in the heavens by the hand of God.

But if a strange enemy should dare to profane your ground with his step, think, oh beloved country, that heaven has given you a soldier in every son.

War, without truce to any who dare to tarnish the country’s coat-of-arms!

War, war! Take the national pennants and soak them in waves of blood.

War, war! In the mountain and valley, thunder the cannons in horrid unison And the resonant echoes with the voices of Union, Liberty!

Oh country, ‘ere your children defenseless bow to the yoke,

May your fields be watered with blood, may they trod upon blood.

May your temples, palaces & towers collapse with horrid clamor, and their ruins live on to say: This land belonged to a thousand heroes Chorus Oh, country, country, your children swear to breathe their last in your honor, if the trumpet with warlike accent should call them to fight with courage.

For you the olive branches!

A reminder for them of glory!

A laurel of victory for you!

For them a tomb with honor!

Mexicans, at the cry of war, prepare the steel and the steed, and may the earth shake at its core to the resounding roar of the cannon.

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