Eugène Pottier


Biography of Eugène Pottier

Eugène Edine Pottier (1816, Paris - 1887) was a French revolutionary socialist, poet, and transport worker.

Pottier was elected a member of the Paris municipal council - the Paris Commune, in March 1871. During the Commune he wrote the poem L'Internationale which became the International Workingmen's Association anthem during its last years (1871–1876), and has been used by most socialist and leftist political internationals since.

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The International

Arise ye workers from your slumbers
Arise ye prisoners of want
For reason in revolt now thunders
And at last ends the age of cant.
Away with all your superstitions
Servile masses arise, arise
We'll change henceforth the old tradition
And spurn the dust to win the prize.

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