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Himno de Centroamérica
Anthem of Central America
National anthem ofFlag of Central America Central America
LyricsRafael Arévalo Martínez's poem, 1933
MusicR. A. Castillo, 1945
Adopted2001
Music sample

Himno a Centroamérica ("Anthem of Central America") is the national anthem of the federal republic of Central America. The lyrics were written by Rafael Arévalo Martínez and the music was composed by R. A. Castillo. It's currently unknown when occured its first perfomance, since it was originally written as a poem.

Ernesto Burgos, first President of Central America chose Himno a Centroamérica among already existing songs and new compositions for the Federal Anthem. La Granadera, the anthem of the United Provinces of Central America, was discarded because he thought such song would remind the former failed federation and bring down the morale and spirit of the new country.

The legislatures of the five individual countries that form the actual Federation passed an act approving Himno a Centroamérica as the official Anthem of Central America before the Federal Congress was established. The anthem was officially and definitely adopted on February 25, 2001.

The first public perfomance of Himno a Centrroamérica took place on December 22, 2000, the formal ceremony of the union of Central America into a federation in the Plaza de la Constitución in Guatemala City, the new Federal District of the Union. It was sung and played by members of the national orchestras and choruses of the constituent states of the Federation, former countries.

The term "Central American" is never used directly in the lyrics. Arévalo Martínez refers the Central American peoples as "siblings" or "brothers". It should also be noted that the lyrics make reference only to five countries, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, because Belize and Panama, although situated in Central America geographically, have never had strong political or cultural ties with the aforementioned countries.

LyricsEdit

Spanish English

I
Den al viento las blondas espigas
sacudiendo sus lanzas de oro,
den al viento las mieses en coro
la canción del trabajo y la paz.

Y que juntas las manos amigas
de una ¡oh Patria! Tus cinco naciones
sea insignia en sus nuevas legiones
del olivo fecundo no más.

CORO
Suene el dulce vocablo de hermanos,
bata el aire una enseña de unión;
cinco dedos formando una mano
alto agiten un cetro de honor.

II
Un altar a la vida y al arte,
un altar a Minerva y a Ceres;
y que sepan tejer tus mujeres
y que sepan tus hombres sembrar.

Y que tome el arado el dios Marte,
mas que vele labrando la tierra
y esté en paz, pero pronto a la guerra,
a la guerra que impone la paz.

CORO
El dios Marte que labre la tierra,
vuelta arado la espada triunfal;
y esté en paz, pero pronto a la guerra,
a la guerra que impone la paz.

III
Eres libre entre libres;
cadenas nadie puede soñar imponerte,
porque es libre entre libre el fuerte,
porque es libre el que sabe morir.

Coronando tus arduas almenas
bate el aire invencible estandarte,
y la unión en tu firme baluarte
y la lid del derecho tu lid.

CORO
Los grilletes infames de esclavo
de tus manos rodaron al fin,
porque es libre entre libres el bravo,
porque es libre el que sabe morir.

IV
Nación eres por Dios elegida;
nunca te alce un anhelo infecundo.
Colocado en el centro de un mundo
es tu suelo como un corazón.

Que recibe y difunda la vida,
rebosante en los patrios vergeles,
por la vida arterial de tus rieles
y las alas del raudo vapor.

CORO
Corazón de la tierra fecundo,
eres numen de unión y de paz.
Dios te puso en el centro de un mundo
y mañana su emporio serás.

V
Glorias al día en que pueblos hermanos
al solar olvidado volvieron
y de nuevo el hogar encendieron
que en un día fatal se extinguió.

La sonrisa en los labios, las manos
enlazadas con nudos estrechos,
al calor del hogar en los pechos
con más fuerza latió el corazón.

CORO
Sonó el dulce vocablo de hermanos,
batió el aire una enseña de unión;
cinco dedos formando una mano
agitaron un cetro de honor.

I
May the blond ears fly in the wind,
shaking their golden lances,
may the harvests fly in chorus
the song of labor and peace.

And together the friendly hands
of a O, Homeland! Your five nations
be a symbol in its new legions
of the fertile olive tree anymore.

CHORUS
May sound the sweet word of brothers,
may the air blow an ensign of union;
five fingers forming a hand
may shake a sceptre of honor.

II
An altar to life and art,
an altar to Minerva and Ceres;
and may your women know to knit
and your men know to sow.

And may the god Mars take the plow,
Plus he watches (the land) plowing the soil
And may he be in peace, but ready for war,
War that bestows peace.

CHORUS
The god Mars may plow the land,
The triumphal sword became plow;
And may he be in peace, but ready for war,
War that bestows peace.

III
You are free amongst free (ones);
Nobody dreams with enchaining you,
Because is free amongst free (ones) the strong one,
Because it's free who knows how to die.

Crowning your imponent battlements
Hits the wind (an) invincible standard
And the union in your firm bastion
And your rightful fight.

CHORUS
The infamous shackles of (a) slave
Finally got off of your hands,
Because it's free amongst free (ones) the brave one,
Because is free who knows how to die.

IV
You are a nation chosen by God;
May you are never reached by a sterile wish.
Placed in the center of a world
Your land is like a heart.

(A heart) That receives and gives life,
Abundant in the flower and fruit gardens of the Homeland,
In the arterial life of your rails
And the wings of the swift steam.

CHORUS
Fertile Heart of the Earth,
You are a numen of union and peace.
God placed you in the center of a world
And tomorrow you will be His Emporium.

V
Glory to the day in which the sibling peoples
Returned to the forgotten site
And lighted the home again
That burnt out in a fatal day.

The smile in the lips, the hands
Tied with narrow knots,
To the heat of the home in the chests
The heart beat with more strenght.

CHORUS
May sound the sweet word of brothers,
may the air blow an ensign of union;
five fingers forming a hand
may shake a sceptre of honor.

Former anthemsEdit

The current anthem replaces those of the former countries that form the Federation. However, they still retain official status within the corresponding states, being sung in statal-exclusive events or representations.

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