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The Warrior's Anthem is a traditional piece of music sung by Klingon warriors on their way into battle.

The crew of the IKS Rotarran sang the song on a mission to locate the IKS B'Moth in 2373. (DS9: "Soldiers of the Empire")

Klingon lyrics (by Mark Okrand)

Klingonese

Qoy qeylIs puqloD.
Qoy puqbe'pu'.
yoHbogh matlhbogh je SuvwI'
Say'moHchu' may' 'Iw.
maSuv manong 'ej maHoHchu'.
nI'be' yInmaj 'ach wovqu'.
batlh maHeghbej 'ej yo' qIjDaq vavpu'ma' DImuv.
pa' reH maSuvtaHqu'.
mamevQo'. maSuvtaH. ma'ov.

English translation

English language

Original Lyrics (by Hilary Bader)

Hear! Sons of Kahless.
Hear! Daughters too.
The blood of battle washes clean
The Warrior brave and true.
We fight, we love, and then we kill.
Our lives burn short and bright,
Then we die with honor and join our fathers in the Black Fleet where
we battle forever, battling on through the Eternal fight.

Literal translation

Hear! sons of Kahless.
Hear! daughters.
The battle blood perfectly cleans
the warrior who is brave and loyal.
We fight, we're passionate, and we kill perfectly.
Our lives are not long, but they're very bright.
We certainly die, and we join our fathers in the Black Fleet.
There we always really continue fighting.
We won't stop. We continue fighting. We compete.

Background

The "warrior's anthem" was originally created for the Star Trek: Klingon CD-ROM computer game. The English version was written by Hilary Bader and translated in Klingonese by Marc Okrand, and the music was written by Keith Halper.

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