Borogravian National Anthem
The Borogravian National Anthem is probably one of the most warlike anthems going:
- Awake, ye sons of the Motherland!
- Taste no more the wine of the sour apples
- Woodsmen, grasp your choppers!
- Farmers, slaughter with the tool formerly used for lifting beets the foe!
- Frustrate the endless wiles of our enemies
- We into the darkness march singing
- Against the whole world in arms coming
- But see the golden light upon the mountain tops!
- The new day is a great big fish!
The last line - whilst problematic to speakers of Morporkian - is a reference to something good about to happen.
A real world equivalent could be the Anthem of Romania, an eastern Balkan country with a past not unlike Borogravia's, which also starts with Awake! and is quite warlike:
- Awake, Romanian, shake off the deadly slumber
- The scourge of inauspicious barbarian tyrannies
- And now or never to a bright horizon clamber
- That shall to shame put all your enemies.
- It's now or never that we prove to the world
- That in these veins still flows Roman blood
- And in our hearts for ever we glorify a name
- Triumphant in battles, the name of gallant Trajan.
- Behold, imperial shadows, Michael, Stephen, Corvinus
- At the Romanian nation, your mighty progeny
- With arms like steel and hearts of fire impetuous
- "Life in liberty, or death", that's what we all decree.
- Priests, raise the cross, as this army is Christian
- Give it liberty and it's sanctified scope
- We'd rather die in glorious battle
- Than live again enslaved on our ancestral land.