Peru National Anthem – Lyrics, Music & History

The Peru anthem, the Himno Nacional del Perú, might not be number one on your “things to learn” list. However, if you do feel inclined to have a sound knowledge of the Peruvian National Anthem then read on…. Here you can read a brief history of the Peru anthem, hear the song, read the lyrics and even take a look at the sheet music.

Peru National Anthem

School kids stand tall for the National Anthem of Peru (photo © Bruno Girin, flickr)

The National Anthem of Peru – History

The Himno Nacional del Perú, also known as the Marcha Nacional (National March), was chosen by South American liberator General José de San Martín in a public contest held in 1821. The chosen anthem was composed by José Bernardo Alcedo with lyrics written by Jose de la Torre Ugarte.

By all accounts, San Martín was thoroughly stirred on hearing the piece and quickly gave it his seal of approval.

Peru Anthem Lyrics

The Peruvian National Anthem has its roots firmly set in the fight for independence, with liberty and freedom being central to the theme. The full anthem is a Latin American epic with six verses and a repeated chorus. However, a shortened version (such as in the video clip above) is normally sung, consisting of only one verse and the chorus:

Chorus

Somos libres, seámoslo siempre, seámoslo siempre,
Y antes niegue sus luces el sol,
Que faltemos al voto solemne
Que la Patria al Eterno elevó.
Que faltemos al voto solemne
Que la Patria al Eterno elevó.

Verse

Largo tiempo el peruano oprimido
la ominosa cadena arrastró,
Condenado a cruel servidumbre
largo tiempo en silencio gimió.
Mas apenas el grito sagrado
¡Libertad en sus costas se oyó!
La indolencia de esclavo sacude,
la humillada cerviz levantó.

And the Peru Anthem in English:

We are free; let us always be so,
And let the sun rather deny its light
Than that we should fail the solemn vow
Which our country raised to God.
Than that we should fail the solemn vow
Which our country raised to God.

For a long time the Peruvian, oppressed,
Dragged the ominous chain;
Condemned to cruel serfdom,
For a long time he moaned in silence.
But as soon as the sacred cry of
Freedom! was heard on his coasts,
He shook off the indolence of the slave,
He raised his humiliated head.

 

Have a look here for the full Peru anthem lyrics in English and in Spanish.

Peru National Anthem Sheet Music

If you really want to impress the locals during your Peru travels, how about learning to play the Peruvian National Anthem? If you can read sheet music then give it a go – check out the sheet music here.

Traditional Peru Anthem Etiquette

Peruvians traditionally put the right hand over the heart when singing the Peruvian National Anthem. Unless you happen to find yourself singing the anthem while standing next to the President of Peru, you generally don’t need to do this. Somebody normally shouts “Viva el Perú!” at the end of the anthem, to which the gathered masses respond with a hearty “Viva!”

  4 comments for “Peru National Anthem – Lyrics, Music & History

  1. georgia lee
    February 24, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    im thinkin of doing peru for my cultral fair because i stay in the united states of america in jackson mississippi

  2. charlie rembert
    May 10, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I vsited Lima and Oxapampa last summer. I was impressed by the patriotic display all over Peru!! What a geat place. I will return in June of 2014 for the entire summer. People are very friendly and hard working. I am working on my Spanish and I am excited about going again. I will play my my guitar and sing in my spare time. Take care—VIVO EL PERU!!!

  3. Norma Chiang
    July 22, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I have to give thane’s to Peru.Tha land who watch me grown since I was born there.Than’s for His Octubrinos Privileges education. I can assimilate 3 cultures and earn my living interpreting languages.I settle now in Vancouver Canada for 43 years since I was 19.I’m living peacefully with a tranquility life.Mas que nada este 28 de Julio 2013 lo celebrare con mi Hermano .Dios Bendiga a todos mis hermanos del Peru.No me canso de poner y escuchar el Condor Pasa.
    Feliz 28 de Julio para todos los Peruanos en el Mundo!Ano 2013

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