LAND OF THE MORNING
This is a critical analysis of a song/poem entitled “Land of the Morning” or “The Philippine Hymn”, an official commonwealth-era english version of “Lupang Hinirang” on 1938 translated from spanish (Marcha Nacional Filipina) by Camilio Osias and A.L. Lane. On the First stanza, Land of the morning/ Child of the sun returning/ With fervor burning/ Thee do our souls adore. We are aware that Philippines suffered in colonialism, we are under the Japanese superiority until the united states came and helped us. In this period, the Philippine Commonwealth-era, the preparation for our independence begin. So for me This stanza shows that Philippines get their long lost independence. Light returns after the long period of darkness, like a sun that give light after the darkness of the night. Filipinos was filled of happiness when they finally achieve it. Then on the second stanza, Land dear and holy,/ Cradle of noble heroes,/ Ne'er shall invaders/ Trample thy sacred shores. So it portrays that Philippine was a home for heroes like Gat. Jose P. Rizal, Andres Bonifacio and so on. And we can also be a hero for our own country where in those who want to get this from us will never succeed. They can’t destroy it, until we are here to protect it. Why sacred shores? This is because Philippine was surrounded by bodies of water and it is also composed of islands. On the third stanza, Ever within thy skies and through thy clouds/ And o'er thy hills and seas;/ Do we behold thy radiance, feel the throb/ Of glorious liberty. This means that in every part of our country, we can ever witness the light and feel the presence of freedom. Next, on the Fourth stanza, Thy banner dear to all hearts/ Its sun and stars alright,/ Oh, never shall its shining fields/ Be dimmed by tyrants might. From here, I am thinking of why Philippines became a democratic country, a free country. Maybe this is because Filipinos has a greatest trauma on what they had experience earlier....
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