We were given the lyrics of “The National Song of Hungary, 1848” for class this week, and I would like to take a moment and briefly compare the lyrics of this national song to “La Marseillaise” which we listened to in the second week. Here is a stanza from each:
To arms, citizens!
Form your battalions
Let’s march, let’s march
That their impure blood
Should water our fields.
The National Song of Hungary, 1848:
A miserable wretch is he
Who fears to die, my land, for thee!
His worthless life who thinks to be
Worth more than thou, sweet liberty!
Now by the Magyar’s God above
We truly swear,
We truly swear the tyrant’s yoke
No more to bear!
Now, this might be obvious but what are the similarities of these pieces? I definitely notice that there is a call to action in both (To arms, citizens! / We truly swear the tyrant’s yoke
No more to bear!). However, I think they are fundamentally very different. Do you agree? How do you think your interpretation is affect by revolutionary outcomes?
Here is another meme: