Yiyongjun Jinxingqu   March of the Volunteers
People's Republic of China national anthem

Melody - Melody - Nieh Erh, 1932

Qilai, buyan zuo nuli di renmen,
Ba women di xuerou zhucheng women xin di changcheng.
Zhonghua minzu dao liao zui weixian di shihou,
Meige ren beipo zhe fachu zuihou di housheng.
Qilai! Qilai! Qilai!
Women wanzhong yixin,
Mao zhe diren di paohuo,
Mao zhe diren di paohuo,
Qianjin! Qianjin! Qianjin! Jin!
Tr. Ed Peaslee 1999
Arise, you who refuse to be slaves.
With our flesh and blood let us build our new Great Wall.
The Chinese nation has come to the time of greatest danger
Every person must join in the ultimate cry:
Arise! Arise! Arise!
The masses are of one mind,
Brave the enemy's gunfire,
March on!
Brave the enemy's gunfire,
March on! March on! March on! on!

This song was composed by Nieh Erh in 1932, one year after the Japanese invasion of Manchuria and was dedicated to the volunteers who rose to defend the nation long before Japan formally declared war on China. In 1934 Nieh Erh went to continue his musical studies in Japan, where he was murdered. He was 24 years old at the time of his death. His song was later adopted as the national anthem of the People's Republic of China.

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