HIMNO NACIONAL (National Anthem)
Brave men of Quisqueya (*1),
Let us sing with strong feeling,
And let us show with pride to the world
Our invincible, glorious banner.
Hail, O people who, intrepid and strong,
Launched into war and went to death,
Under a warlike menace of death
You broke your chains of slavery.
No nation deserves to be free
If it is an indolent and servile slave;
If in it's nature the flame doesn't grow
The virile heroïsm will be tempered.
But Quisqueya (*1) indomitable and brave
Will always hold its head high;
Even if it were a thousand times enslaved
Every time it would regain freedom.
If it will be exposed to ruse and deceit
Unto contempt of a real imposer,
On to Las Carreras! Beler! (*2) ...it were places
Where the traces of glory are found.
Where on the top of the heroic bastion,
The word of the libarated became flesh,
Where the genius of Sánchez and Duarte (*3)
Taught to be free or to die.
And if an unattended leader the splendor
Of these glorious events could ignore,
One has seen in Capotillo (*4) in the war
The flag of fire wave.
And the fire that lets the proud lion
Of Castilla become stupefied,
Removes him from the glorious beaches
Where the crossed banner waves.
Compatriots, let us proudly
Show our face, from today prouder than ever;
Quisqueya may be destroyed
But a slave again, never!
It is a sanctuary of love that every character
Of the fatherland feels alive!
And it is his coat of arms, the right;
And it is his device: be free or die.
Freedom that still rises cool-bloodedly
The victory in her triumphal car.
And the clarion of war re-echoes
Proclaiming his immortal glory.
Freedom! That the echo's touch
While they're full of noble tension
Our fields of glory repeat
Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!