La Espero

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La Espero ("the hope") is the anthem of the Esperanto movement. The words were written by L. L. Zamenhof (1859-1917), the creator of Esperanto. It is now usually sung to music composed by Félicien Menu de Ménil. The English translation below is based on a public domain translation by Dave Coffin which can be found at http://www.thenationalanthems.com/_private/NotSovereignNations/esperanto.htm.

La Espero

En la mondon venis nova sento,
  tra la mondo iras forta voko; 
per flugiloj de facila vento
  nun de loko flugu ĝi al loko.

Ne al glavo sangon soifanta
  ĝi la homan tiras familion: 
al la mond' eterne militanta
  ĝi promesas sanktan harmonion. 

Sub la sankta signo de l' espero
  kolektiĝas pacaj batalantoj,
kaj rapide kreskas la afero
  per laboro de la esperantoj.

Forte staras muroj de miljaroj
  inter la popoloj dividitaj; 
sed dissaltos la obstinaj baroj,
  per la sankta amo disbatitaj. 

Sur neŭtrala lingva fundamento,
  komprenante unu la alian,
la popoloj faros en konsento
  unu grandan rondon familian.

Nia diligenta kolegaro
  en laboro paca ne laciĝos, 
ĝis la bela sonĝo de l' homaro
  por eterna ben' efektiviĝos.

The Hope

Into the world came a new feeling,
  through the world goes a powerful call;
on the wings of a gentle wind
  it shall now fly from place to place.

Not to the sword thirsting for blood
  does it draw the human family:
to the world eternally at war
  it promises sacred harmony.

Under the sacred sign of Hope
  gather the warriors of peace,
and this thing quickly grows
  by the labors of those who hope.

The walls of millennia stand firm
  between the divided peoples;
but the stubborn barriers will crumble,
  knocked down with sacred love.

Based on a neutral language,
  understanding one another,
the people will agree to make
  one great family circle.

Our diligent colleagues
  in peaceful labor will never tire,
until the beautiful dream of humanity
  for eternal good is realized.

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