National Anthems

Himno de Puerto Rico



La Borinqueña


La tierra de Borinquen
donde he nacido yo,
es un jardín florido
de mágico primor
Un cielo siempre nítido
le sirve de dosel
y dan arrullos plácidos
las olas a sus pies.

Cuando a sus playas llegó Colón
exclamó, lleno de admiración:
¡Oh! ¡Oh! ¡Oh!
Esta es la linda tierra
que busco yo,
es Borinquen la hija,
la hija del mar y el sol.

Se desconoce la fecha en que se compuso la antigua melodía titulada “La Borinqueña”, y no hay certeza de quién fue su autor.  Las impresiones conocidas datan de fines del Siglo 19 y figura en ellas como el compositor de la melodía el distinguido músico Don Félix Astol.  Otros sostienen la creencia de que el autor lo fue Don Francisco Ramírez Ortíz, de San Germán.  La letra original fue obra de la poetisa sangermeña Doña Lola Rodríguez de Tió, cuyos versos impartieron a la melodía un cálido sabor patriótico.

Antes de ser himno se interpretaba como danza, expresión musical que cobró auge durante la segunda mitad del siglo 19 en que se perfiló con mayor claridad la personalidad de Puerto Rico.  El arreglo actual de “La Borinqueña” fue hecho por Ramón Collado, también en San Germán, aprobado por la Ley número 2 del 24 de julio de 1952 como Himno Oficial.  La letra actual es de Manuel Fernández Juncos.

Himno de Estados Unidos

First Verse
Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air
Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Second Verse
On the shore, dimly seen thro’ the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream;
‘Tis the Star-Spangled Banner, O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Third Verse
Oh, thus be it ever when free men shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto, “In God is our trust”
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

History of Anthem: The words for the Star-Spangled Banner, written by Francis Scott Key, sprang to life as he was observing the bombardment of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. Originally it was a poem of Key’s entitled, “Defense of Fort McHenry,” that came to be sung to the tune of “To Anacreon in Heaven”. It’s melody was attributed to an Englishman named John Stafford Smith. Benjamin Carr of Baltimore published the first musical edition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” that grew in popularity with the passage of time. In 1931 an act of Congress made it official national anthem of the United States.History of Flag In the early history of the American colonies, there was no specific flag that represented them as a union. It wasn’t until 1776 that a single design was defined. This flag had the thirteen alternate read and white stripes and a blue field with the crosses of Saint Andrew and Saint George on it and was originally displayed by John Paul Jones in December 1775 on the ship Alfred. A month late, on January 2, 1776, George Washington displayed a flag of this design and declared it the Grand Union Flag.The flag was altered after July 4, 1775 to reflect the independence of the newly formed union:

  • “Resolved that the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen strips alternate red and while: that the union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field.”
  • The colors chosen represented: “White for Purity and Innocence; Red for Hardiness and Valor; Blue for Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.”
  • Francis Hopkinson, signatory to the Declaration of Independence and a member of the Continental Congress, was the designer.
  • A flag maker by the name of Betsy Ross is credited by historians with suggesting the use of five pointed stars and producing the first flag of the new independent union.

On May 1, 1795, the flag was changed to fifteen stripes and stars to include Vermont and Kentucky who entered the union in 1791 and 1972 respectively.

The final design was enacted by Congress on April 4, 1818 returned to the original thirteen stripes with only the number of stars allowed to change:

“That the flag of the United States be thirteen horizontal stripes, alternate red and white, and that on the admission of every State into the Union, one star to be added on the Fourth of July next succeeding admission.”


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