BENIN NATIONAL ANTHEM

August 22, 2020

Formerly, at her call, our ancestors
Knew how to engage in mighty battles
With strength, courage, ardour, and full of joy, but at the price of blood.
Builders of the present, you too, join forces
Each day for the task stronger in unity.
Build without ceasing for posterity.

Children of Bénin, arise!
The resounding cry of freedom
Is heard at the first light of dawn;
Children of Bénin, arise!

When all around there blows a wind of anger and hate:
Citizen of Bénin, be proud, and in a calm spirit
Trusting in the future, behold your flag!
In the green you read hope of spring;
The red signifies the courage of your ancestors;
The yellow foretells the richest treasures.

Children of Bénin, arise!
The resounding cry of freedom
Is heard at the first light of dawn;
Children of Bénin, arise!

Beloved Bènin, your sunny mountains, palm trees, and green pastures
Show everywhere your brightness;
Your soil offers everyone the richest fruits.
Bénin, from henceforth your sons are united
With one brotherly spirit sharing the hope of seeing you
Enjoy abundance and happiness for ever.

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