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National anthem

Els Segadors was declared the Catalan national anthem by an Act of the Catalan Parliament in 1993..

Based on a popular idyll from the 17th Century, which had been collected by linguist and writer Manuel Milà i Fontanals, the current lyrics are by Emili Guanyavents, who won a competition in 1899 for this purpose by the Catalanist Union, motivating passionate polemics. The music was put to it in 1892 by Francesc Alió, who adapted the melody of an already existing song.

The Anthem makes a reference to the blood-stained Corpus Cristi, the movement that took place in Barcelona on June, 7th, 1640 and which led to the War of the Segadors, the struggle of the Catalans and the troops of Felip IV. In the text, we can note allusions to the countrymen, the land and to freedom.

"Els Segadors": lyrics

Catalunya triomfant,
tornarà a ser rica i plena.
ndarrere aquesta gent
tan ufana i tan superba.

Bon cop de falç!
Bon cop de falç, Defensors de la terra!
Bon cop de falç!

Ara és hora, segadors.
Ara és hora d'estar alerta.
Per quan vingui un altre juny
esmolem ben bé les eines.

Bon cop de falç!
Bon cop de falç, Defensors de la terra!
Bon cop de falç!

Que tremoli l'enemic
en veient la nostra ensenya.
Com fem caure espigues d'or,
quan convé seguem cadenes.

Bon cop de falç!
Bon cop de falç, Defensors de la terra!
Bon cop de falç!