Haitian National Anthem

La Dessalinienne (The Song of Dessalines) is Haiti’s national anthem, adopted as such in 1904.

Justin Lhérisson (1873-1907), lawyer, journalist and spoken word artist, wrote its words for the occasion of the centenary of Haiti’s independence, on a song by Nicolas Geffrard (1761-1806), former General, and player in 1804’s Haitian independence.

The anthem received its name in honor of Jean-Jacques Dessalines (1758-1806), Haiti’s first emperor (1804-1806) and one of the “fathers” of its independence.

La Dessalinienne followed Quand nos Aïeux brisèrent leurs entraves (When our Forebears broke their chains) as the national anthem.

Lyrics

For our country,

For our ancestors, Let us march. Let us march. Let there be no traitors in our ranks! Let us be masters of our soil. United let us march For our country, For our ancestors.

For our forebears, For our country Let us toil joyfully. May the fields be fertile And our souls take courage. Let us toil joyfully For our forebears, For our country.

For our country And for our forefathers, Let us train our sons. Free, strong, and prosperous, We shall always be as brothers. Let us train our sons For our country And for our forefathers.

For our forebears, For our country, Oh God of the valiant! Take our rights and our life Under your infinite protection, Oh God of the valiant! For our forebears, For our country.

For the flag, For our country To die is a fine thing! Our past cries out to us Have a strong soul! To die is a fine thing, For the flag, For our country.