What are the lyrics to Morocco’s national anthem and what do they mean in English?

MOROCCO are all set to play in their first ever World Cup semi-final tonight, with an aim of reaching Sunday’s final against Argentina.

In Mexico 86′, the Atlas Lions surpassed all expectations, topping a group consisting of England, Portugal and Poland.

GettyMorocco knocked out Portugal in the World Cup quarter-finals[/caption]

But now they’ve shocked spectators even more, reaching the semis after topping their group before knocking out Spain and Portugal.

Their campaign continues tonight against France.

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What are the lyrics to the Morocco national anthem?

Little is known of the origins surrounding the ‘Moroccan Cherifian Anthem’.

The music was composed in the early 20th century, but it is the lyrics that spark particular interest.

Legend has it that the first time Moroccans heard the anthem sung was by crowds through a live broadcast of their first World Cup game in Mexico, 1970.

Here’s how it goes:

Verse 1

Root of the free,
Rising place of the Lights,
Forum of glory and its protector,
May you perpetuate as its forum and its protector.

Verse 2

May you live among the homelands
As an address for grandeur
Filling every heart
conveyed by every tongue.

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With the spirit,
With the body,
Your son has come
To answer your call.

Verse 3

In my mouth and in my blood,
Your love stirred up as light and fire.
Let’s go brothers!
Heading for grandeur,

Verse 4

Making the world witness
That we here perpetually live
With the motto:
God, Homeland, King.

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