♫ Panama National Anthem ♫

Himno Istmeño is the national anthem of Panama. The music was written by Santos Jorge, and the lyrics by Dr. Jeronimo de la Ossa.

The song is directed to the average, working-class Panamanian with such lyrics as “Ahead the shovel and pick; At work without any more dilation”.

National Anthem of Panama


Alcanzamos por fin la victoria
en el campo feliz de la unión;
con ardientes fulgores de gloria
se ilumina la nueva nacion.

Es preciso cubrir con un velo
del pasado el calvario y la cruz ;
y que adorne el azul de tu cielo
de concordia la esplendida luz.

El progreso acaricia tus lares
al compás de sublime canción ;
ves rugir a tus pies ambos mares
que dan rumbo a tu noble misión.


En tu suelo cubierto de flores,
a los besos del tibio terral,
terminaron guerreros fragores ;
solo reina el amor fraternal.

Adelante la pica y la pala,
al trabajo sin mas dilación ;
y seremos asi prez y gala,
de este mundo feraz de Colón.

English Translation


We finally attained victory
In the happy field of union.
With glowing splendour,
The new nation is illumined.

It is necessary to veil with a curtain
The Calvary and Cross of the past,
And for you to adorn the azure of your skies
With the splendid light of concord.
Progress fondly touches your homes,
In time with the music of a sublime song.
You see, roaring at your feet, two oceans
Which give direction to your noble mission.


On your flower-covered soil,
Kissed by the warm breeze,
Warlike clamour has ended
And only brotherly love reigns.
Ahead, with spade and stone-mason’s hammer!
To work, without more delay!
In this way we shall be the honour and glory
Of this fertile land of Columbus.

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