San Min Zhu Yi, wu guo suo zong,
Yi jian minguo, yi jin Datong.
Zi er duo shi, wei min qianfeng,
Su ye fei xie zhuyi shi cong.
Shi qin shi yong, bi xin bi zhong,
Yi xin yi de, guan che shi zhong
The Three Principles of the People are our nation's goal,
To establish democracy, and achieve the Great Unity.
Lead on comrades; you are the vanguards of the people,
Day and night always vigilant, holding fast to your principles.
Be industrious and brave, trustworthy and loyal
One mind one virtue, steadfast from beginning to end.
The Three Principles of the People advanced by Dr. Sun Yat-sen
were: nationalism, democracy and livelihood.
The Great Unity (Datong) goes back to the idea of political evolution
found in the Confucian classics, the last stage of which was
the Great Unity. San Min Zhu Yi was originally the song of
the Kuomintang. The word "guo" (nation) was substituted for "dang"
(party) in the first line when it became the national anthem.|
The words are in classical Chinese (wenyen). The usual translations omit a lot of the meaning in order to fit the music. I have attempted to provide a fuller translation.
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