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LA GAULOISE


     

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La Gauloise.  Song of the Free French.

   

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1,000 copies3 printed on a single 8 1/2” x 6” sheet of paper, folded once, and printed on both sides.2
The cover incorporates the title page which reads ‘LA GAULOISE | (SONG OF THE FREE FRENCH) | par ALEISTER CROWLEY | (Createur de signe V) | auteur de “Thumbs Up!” | 14 Juillet 1942 e.v. | Prix:  ŕ volonté | 140 PICCADILLY | LONDON, W.I.’2

 

Publisher:

Privately published. 

 

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Published At:

140 Piccadilly,2 London.1

 

Date:

14 July 1942.2

 

Edition:

1st Edition.1

 

Pages:

4.2

 

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Remarks:

The text is in French.
The text was put to music by Roy Leffingwell and it was arranged to have a French baritone record it.  The song was later retitled L'Etincelle (The Spark) and played on the BBC on 10 December 1942.3 

Crowley sent a copy of this poem to the London headquarters of the Free French. He received the following note in reply: Sir, I am instructed by General de Gaulle to thank you for your letter of May 12th. It is with a keen interest that we receive your song. We are touched by the fine sentiments, which you express in so charming a style.4

 

The text translated into English is as follows:4

Men of courage, never beaten,

Men of honor, let us arise!

Betrayed, bruised, trod upon,

Bah! the first wounds of the war!

Beyond the dawn of glory!

Shine, O Sun of victory!
 

(refrain)

Forward all, Flag advance!

High, firm, strong. Long live France!
 

Death to Traitors! Death to Cowards!

Into the wind unfurl the tricolor!

Let us march (charge, break, grind to dust)

On to revenge, to punishment!

Let us sweep into the endless void

the barbarians, the assassins!
 

(refrain)
 

Free, equal, French brothers,

We will conquer, we will conquer for evermore!

Let us crush the craven knaves!

Let us exterminate the vile tyrant!

Men of courage, men of glory,

Men of honor, on to Victory!
 

(refrain)

 

  English translation by Robin Coffee

 

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Other
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Editions:

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La Gauloise.  Song of the Fighting French.  Privately published, London, 1942.

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Broadsheet Collection, Mandrake, England, 1993.

 

Bibliographic
Sources:

1.

Gerald Yorke, A Bibliography of the Works of Aleister Crowley (Expanded and Corrected by Clive Harper from Aleister Crowley, the Golden Dawn and Buddhism:  Reminiscences and Writings of Gerald Yorke, Keith Richmond, editor, The Teitan Press, York Beach, ME, 2011, pp. 58-59.  

2.

Personal observation of the item.

3.

Richard Kaczynski, Ph.D., Perdurabo:  The Life of Aleister Crowley, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California, 2010, p. 522.

4.

Bill Heidrick, Thelema Lodge Calendar, November 1997, Internet resource last accessed on 27 November 2015.

 

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