Els Segadors (the reapers) was declared the national anthem of Catalonia in 1993 by the Catalan Parliament.

It is based upon an anonymous ballad written in the second half of 1640, and refers to the Revolt of the Reapers, known as Corpus de Sang, in a Catalonia occupied by the troops of Philip IV in which the peasants played a key role.

Els Segadors, the Catalan National Anthem
Corpus de Sang (1640). Painted in 1910

The anthem is a fierce call to defend the freedom of the land, calling upon the peasants to cut down the Spanish oppressors with their scythes, ‘swing the sickle’, ‘ sharpen the tools’…..



Catalunya triomfant,
tornarà a ser rica i plena.
Endarrera aquesta gent
tan ufana i tan superba.RefrainBon cop de falç!
Bon cop de falç, defensors de la terra!
Bon cop de falç!

Ara és hora, segadors.
Ara és hora d’estar alerta.
Per quan vingui un altre juny,
esmolem ben bé les eines.


Que tremoli l’enemic,
en veient la nostra ensenya.
Com fem caure espigues d’or,
quan convé seguem cadenes.


Catalonia triumphant,
shall again be rich and bountiful.
Drive away these people,[2]
Who are so conceited and so contemptful.

Strike with your sickle!
Strike with your sickle, defenders of the land!
Strike with your sickle!

Now is the time, reapers.
Now is the time to stand alert.
For when another June comes,[3]
Let us sharpen well our tools.


May the enemy tremble,
upon seeing our symbol.
Just as we cut golden ears of wheat,
when the time calls we cut off chains.


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