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The Polish national anthem written by Jozef Wybicki in 1795 and was first called the 'Song of the Polish Legions in Italy'.

Original text:

Jeszcze Polska nie zginêla,
Kiedy my ¿yjemy.
Co nam obca przemoc wziêla,
Szabl¹ odbierzemy.

Marsz, marsz, D¹browski,
Z ziemi woskiej do Polski,
Za twoim przewodem
Z¹czym siê z narodem.

Przejdziem Wisê, przejdziem Wartê,
Bedziem Polakami,
Da nam przykad Bonaparte,
Jak zwyciê¿aæ mamy.

Marsz, marsz, D¹browski...

Jak Czarniecki do Poznania
Po szwedzkim zaborze,
Dla ojczyzny ratowania
Wraca siê przez morze.

Marsz, marsz, D¹browski...

Mówi ojciec do swej Basi
Caly zaplakany:
"Suchaj jeno, pono nasi
Bij¹ w tarabany."

Marsz, marsz, D¹browski...

First attempt of translation (by Taw). This version isn't any good. Meaning was strictly preserved per-verse not per-sentence, so grammar is quit strange. Please check and fix all deficiencies.:

Poland is alive,
as long as we live.
Whatever foreign force took from us,
we'll retake by sabre.

March, March, Dabrowski,
from Italian land to Poland.
Under your lead,
we'll unite with the nation.

We'll go through Wisla and Warta,
We'll be Polish people.
Bonaparte showed us
how should we win.

March, March, Dabrowski...

As Czarnecki to Poznan,
after Swedish occupation,
To save fatherland,
we'll return through the see.

March, March, Dabrowski...

Father's speaking to his Basia
"Listen, I've heard that ours
play on (musical instrument popular in Polish army of that time, I have no clue what it's called in English)"

March, March, Dabrowski...

Subtle meaning and historical context

Poland is alive as long as we live - i.e. Poland is not only a country, but also all Polish people form it. While it doesn't seem weird nowadays, it was quite unusual at time of creation.

sabre - traditional weapon of Polish cavalry, still used in Napoleonic era.

Dabrowski - one of leaders of Polish Legions, he's not the author of this anthem.

Czarnecki - one of leader of Polish war against Swedish occupation.

through see - needs confirmation, is this story about following Swedish army through frozen Baltic see true ?

Italian land, Bonaparte - Polish Legions were created by Napoleon Bonaparte in Italy. Legionists believed that they will ultimately fight for independence of Poland, that was occupied at that time.

Basia - popular Polish name at that time