Donald R. McClarey

La Marseillaise

God of mercy and justice See our tyrants, judge our hearts Thy goodness be with us Defend us from these oppressors You reign in heaven and on earth And before You all must bend In your arms, come support us

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La Marseillaise at Notre Dame

    The French National Anthem is played at Notre Dame during a mass for the victims of the Friday the 13th massacres in Paris. My favorite rendition of La Marseillaise :

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August 19, 1944: Liberation of Paris

The City of Lights liberation by the Allies began seventy years ago today.  It started, fittingly enough, with uprisings of Free French resistance forces throughout the city, launching attacks on the German garrison.  Some 800 Free French fighters would die in these

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Bastille Day and the Transformative Power of History

(I originally posted this in 2012.  I rather liked this post, so here it is again.)   The La Marseillaise scene from Casablanca.  Today is Bastille Day, the great national holiday in France, the equivalent of our Independence Day.  In France

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La Marseillaise and Edith Piaf

  Something for the weekend.  Rushing Bastille Day a bit, we have Edith Piaf, as a child in a film about her life, singing the French National Anthem. Without a doubt the greatest French songstress of the last century,  Piaf led a

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