Singing Praises

Every country on earth has a national anthem. Some are clear international standouts.

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1795, (readopted 1870) France “La Marseillaise” A stirring, steady march thrums under some of the most violent lyrics of any national anthem in the world. “They’re coming … / To cut the throats of your sons, your women!” warns the second verse. “To arms, citizens, / Form your battalions, / March, march!” It was the original […]

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