First French Republic

On this day in 1792, France became a republic.

🎼 This song is called the Song of Departure, and its stanzas are sung (in order) by a deputy of the people, a mother, a boy, a young woman, and 3 soldiers. A rough translation of its refrain (sung by all) is: The republic calls us: May we know either how to conquer or die. A Frenchman should die for her (the republic) or a Frenchman should live for her.