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A Poetical Political History

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Abstract

Almost two hundred years ago, in 1797, a Polish army, known as the Legions, was fighting in Napoleon’s Italian campaign alongside French troops, under the command of General Dąbrowski. During that campaign Józef Wybicki, an officer in Dąbrowski’s army, composed a song which quickly became popular with the Legions. It began:

As long as we live,

Poland survives.

What foreign might

Has taken from us,

We’ll recapture

With our sabres.

March, Dąbrowski, march

From Italy to Poland.

Under your command

We’ll rejoin the Nation.

Jeszcze Polska nie zginęła

Póki my żyjemy.

Co nam obca przemoc wzięła,

Szablą odbierzemy.

Marsz, marsz, Dąbrowski,

Z ziemi włoskiej do Polski.

Za twoim przewodem

Złączym się z narodem.

Keywords

Communist Rule National Anthem Political Doctrine Polish Literature French Troop 
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