Di Shvue (“The Oath”) was a poem written by S. An-sky in 1902, which became the anthem of The Bund. I will write more about “the Bund” later. An-sky is the pseudonym of Shloyme Zanvl Rappoport [1863–1920], a Russian-Jewish intellectual who wrote in Yiddish such works as The Dybbuk (1920), a play and Hurbn Galitsye (1920), about the destruction of Galicia during the First World War. The Bund anthem is here sung by Zahava Seewald.
by S. An-sky Brider un shvester fun arbet un neyt Ale vus zaynen tsezeyt un tseshpreyt, Tsuzamen, tsuzamen, di fon iz greyt, Zi flatert fun tsorn, fun blut iz zi reyt! A shvue, a shvue, af lebn un teyt. Himl un erd veln undz oyshern Eydes veln zayn di likhtike shtern A shvue fun blut un a shvue fun trern, Mir shvern, mir shvern, mir shvern! Mir shvern a trayhayt on grenetsn tsum bund. Nor er ken di shklafn bafrayen atsind. Di fon di reyte iz heykh un breyt. Zi flatert fun tsorn, fun blut iz zi reyt! A shvue, a shvue, af lebn un teyt.
****************************** The Oath Brothers and sisters in toil and struggle All who are dispersed far and wide Come together, the flag is ready It waves in anger, it is red with blood! Swear an oath of life and death! Heaven and earth will hear us, The light stars will bear witness. An oath of blood, an oath of tears, We swear, we swear, we swear! We swear an endless loyalty to the Bund. Only it can free the slaves now. The red flag is high and wide. It waves in anger, it is red with blood! Swear an oath of life and death!