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Charge to combat, bayameses,
Proudly our motherland watches you
Do not fear a glorious death
Because to die for our country is to live

To live chained, is to live
Under affront and opprobium submitted
Let us listen the bugle blow
To arms, braves, charge!

Do not fear; fierce Iberians
are cowards like all tyrant
do not resist the Cuban arm
forever their empire collapsed.

Free Cuba; Spain is already dead
its power and pride, where it is gone.
¡ Let us listen the bugle blow
To arms, braves, charge!

Watch our triumphant armies
watch the fallen ones,
for being cowards they ran away defeated
for being braves we knew how to win.

¡Free Cuba! We can shout
from the cannon to its terrifying report
¡ Let us listen the bugle blow
To arms, braves, charge!

   
Original Music Score of La Bayamesa
  

(Note: This is not an official translation. It was only made for internal explanation reasons)

 
Original Music Score of La Bayamesa

 

Original score and lyrics were donated to the Museo Nacional de la Música (National Museum of Music). This poetic composition is made up by six strophes or cuartetas (octosyllabic quarains) of twenty-four verses, which goes beyond the classical pattern of the redondilla. The author makes use of polymetrics, leaving out close metric structures and traditional rhymes.

In its six strophes the author relates free or open verses (1’ and 4’ ) with 2’ and 3’, having consonante rhyming. Phonetically coincide : orgullosa/gloriosa; sumido/sonido; tirano/cubano; ido/sonido; caídos/vencidos; estampido/sonido (9).

The fifth strophe links described consonancy with internal rhyme, given the phonetical coincidence of sounds inside the strophe. These are: huestes/triunfantes/valientes.

Verses in the second and third strophes keep along intensity of emotions.

 
Detail of the Monument to Perucho Figueredo
 
Detail of the Monument to Perucho Figueredo in Bayamo


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