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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Belgium
 
Après des siècles d’esclavage,
Le Belge sortant du tombeau,
A reconquis par son courage,
Son nom, ses droits et son drapeau,
Et ta main souveraine et fière,
Peuple désormais indompté,
Grava sur ta vieille bannière
Le Roi, la loi, la liberté.
  The years of slavery are past,
  The Belgian rejoices once more;
  Courage restores to him at last
  The rights he held of yore.
  Strong and firm his grasp will be—
  Keeping the ancient flag unfurled
  To fling its message on the watchful world:
  For king, for right, for liberty.
        Louis Dechez—La Brabançonne. Belgian National Anthem. Written during the Revolution of 1830. Music by François van Campenhout. Trans. by Florence Attenborough.
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