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Els Segadors


Els Segadors

Els Segadors
English: The Reapers
Senyera (flag of Catalonia)

National anthem of  Catalonia (Spain)
Lyrics Emili Guanyavents, 1899
Music Francesc Alió, 1892
Adopted 1993

Els Segadors (Eastern Catalan: , Western Catalan: ; "The Reapers") is the official national anthem of Catalonia (nationality and autonomous community of Spain).


  • History 1
  • Lyrics 2
  • Recordings 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Portrait of Francesc Alió i Brea

Though the original song dates in the oral tradition to 1640, its modern lyrics were written by Emili Guanyavents, who won a competition in 1899. The music was standardized by Francesc Alió in 1892.[1] The song is based on the events of 1640 known as Corpus de Sang during the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648) between Spain, England, France and Austria, the event that started the Catalan Revolt or Guerra dels Segadors (Reapers' War)[1] where Catalans fought against the Count-Duke of Olivares, the chief minister of King Philip IV of Spain.

The Catalan government adopted "Els Segadors" as the national anthem of Catalonia in 1993.


Original version of Els Segadors,
by the Orfeó Català, c. 1900

Ancienne version d'Els Segadors, par l'Orfeó Català
Els Segadors (Catalan)
Catalunya triomfant,
tornarà a ser rica i plena.
Endarrera aquesta gent
tan ufana i tan superba.
Bon cop de falç!
Bon cop de falç, defensors de la terra!
Bon cop de falç!
Ara és hora, segadors.
Ara és hora d'estar alerta.
Per quan vingui un altre juny,
esmolem ben bé les eines.
Que tremoli l'enemic,
en veient la nostra ensenya.
Com fem caure espigues d'or,
quan convé seguem cadenes.
The Reapers (English translation)
Catalonia triumphant
shall again be rich and bountiful.
Drive away these people,[2]
Who are so conceited and so arrogant.
Strike with your sickle!
Strike with your sickle, defenders of the land!
Strike with your sickle!
Now is the time, reapers.
Now is the time to stand alert.
For when another June comes,[3]
Let us sharpen our tools well.
May the enemy tremble,
upon seeing our symbol.
Just as we cut golden ears of wheat,
when the time calls we cut off chains.[4]


See also


  1. ^ a b Generalitat de Catalunya: National Symbols
  2. ^ "These people" the oppressors of the Catalan people, who back in that time invaded Catalonia
  3. ^ the Segadors Revolt which the song references took place in June.
  4. ^ The verb in the Catalan original—seguem—is from the same root as segadors; that is, they will cut the chains as they cut the crops.

External links

  • Generalitat de Catalunya: National Symbols (official page in English, with official version recordings in mp3 formats)
  • History of the anthem

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