Worker's Marseillaise

Рабочая Марсельза
English: The Worker's Marseillaise

anthem of Russian Republic
Russian Soviet Republic
(Briefly, alongside The Internationale)

Lyrics Pyotr Lavrov
Music Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Adopted 1917
Relinquished 1918
Music sample

The Worker's Marseillaise (Russian: Рабочая Марсельеза, Rabochaya Marselyeza) was a Russian revolutionary song set to the tune of the Marseillaise. The lyrics were authored by Pyotr Lavrov, first published on July 1, 1875. The lyrics are not a direct translation of the French ones and are very radical-socialist in spirit.

This anthem was popular during the Russian Revolution of 1905 and was used as a national anthem by Russia's Provisional Government until its overthrow in the October Revolution. It remained in use by the Soviets for a short time alongside The Internationale.[1]

Lyrics

Common English Translation

The old world must be destroyed,
Tear it down all the way to its root!
We do not need the golden idol,
We detest the royal palace!
We will help our suffering brothers,
We will feed the hungry!
We curse our enemies for their wicked deeds,
We will fight them together!
We curse our enemies for their wicked deeds,
We will fight them together!
Chorus
Arise, awake working class!
Charge the enemy hungry folk!
Cry out the vengeance of the people,
Forward, forward, forward, forward, forward!
Do you still want to be oppressed?
Arise, all brother across the country at once!
From the Dnieper to the White Sea,
And the Volga, to the Caucasus!
The thieves, the dogs of the rich,
And the evil Tsar!
Bring them all down!
Light up the dawn of a better life!
Bring them all down!
Light up the dawn of a better life!
Chorus
The rise of the red dawn,
The sun of truth and brotherly love!
Although we pay a terrible price,
With our blood for the happiness of the land!
And for our rightful freedoms,
The evil will vanish forever!
We will unite as one,
In the realm of socialism!
We will unite as one,
In the realm of socialism!
Chorus
  • Note that in English the song does not always refer to Russia, so some of the lyrics referring to the Tsar and Russian locations may be changed.

References

  1. ^ [2], p.10-12
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