Tuesday, September 4, 2007

rethinking my position

I sometimes deride the singing of the US Nat'l Anthem; I would prefer it spoken, so that the words are heard and mean something.

I have also criticized the anthem as unfitting, believing other tunes would be better.

A quick survey of the fourth verse of the Colombian national anthem has led me to reconsider my position.

The rest of that anthem, which I can sing [endlessly] by heart, resembles this translated verse:

On the shores of the Caribbean,
famished, the people fight --
horrors preferring
to treacherous health.
O, aye! for Cartagena
the abnegation is much,
and the remains of death
despise its virtue.

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