The Marseilles (Temperance Hymn)

This song is sung to the tune of the French National Anthem, which appears next in this volume. I would have placed the original first. I think the authors may not have done so because it is longer than this hymn. Also, at the time, the temperance movement that led to Prohibition in the United States was active. It had reached its highest point, the rejection of all forms of drinking alcohol. Earlier efforts had concentrated on hard liquors solely. Some advocates went so far as to destroy places where alcohol was sold and served.
“Grandsires” is an older term for “grandfathers”. “Hoary” means “gray-haired with age”. “Trump” was a common short form of “trumpet” in hymns.

Verse 1:
Ye friends of Temp’rance, wake to duty,
Hark! hark! what myriads bid you rise!
See children, wives, and grandsires hoary!
Behold their tears, and hear their cries!
Behold their tears, and hear their cries!
Shall Rum and Beer, their mischief breeding,
With Wine and Ale, a murderous band,
Lay waste and desolate the land,
While sad and weary hearts are bleeding?

Refrain:
To arms! to arms! ye brave!
And strike for victory;
March on, march on, march on, march on,
All hearts resolved,
Our country, our country shall be free.

Verse 2:
O hear the trump of Temp’rance ringing
Triumphantly from shore to shore;
Hark! hark! the myriad voices singing,
King Alcohol shall reign no more,
King Alcohol shall reign no more;
Too long our land has been bewailing,
His reign of terror and despair,
Destroying, blighting everywhere,
While prayers to God have been ascending.

Words arr./Rouget de Lisle

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