The Imperial Anthem

imperial-anthem-sun-daughterThe Imperial Anthem is a pledge of allegiance to the Empress, a statement of the metaphysical significance of the Empire, and a concise telling of the story of the first Empress (or Raihiranya), the Sun-Daughter, Sai Rayanna.


Full words of the Anthem

1. From the mountain’s rayant pinnaclé
To the troublèd waters of the sea,
O Rayan’, thy rule doth run
As coursers of the sun;
We pledge allegiance unto thee.

We do pledge allegiance unto thee,
We do pledge allegiance unto thee,
We do pledge allegiance, O Rayanna,
We do pledge allegiance unto thee.

2. When torent was noble Chenti’s shield
And Caran lay slaughan on the field,
She did cast her sword adown
Distrait upon the ground
And fast another bound to wield.

3. ‘Twas to Caere came the broken blade;
‘Twas Rayan’ the noble sword remade:
In her furnace flame so clear
Was wrought the great Raihir
To ward distress and fear from maid.

4. Then rode forth high Caere’s goodly Rayin’
Unto Chenti’s final battle-plain,
There to meet the infidel
and all the host of hell
And there to send them well again.

5. All the Rayins of North and South and West,
From the greatest lands unto the lest,
Render’d honor, faith, and love
And worship’d none above
The great Sun-Daughter of the Est.


The Story of Our Anthem

The Anthem tells the story of the founding of the Empire and of Sai Rayanna, the Daughter of the Sun (Sai Raya), our divine National Heroine and the Ancestress of all our Empresses.

Before our Era the greatest civilization in Sai Herthe was that of the great Southern Continent, which was submerged at the end of the Age of Bronze. In the early part of the Age of Iron there was some continuation of that civilization.

Attacks upon the world of maids by demonic forces increased during this period, and the greatest force of defense against them was the Chenti, a civilization-in-arms dedicated to Sai Vikhë and tracing its lineage back to the Old World.

However, in the Battle of Noonday Night, the Chenti were defeated by the demon-barbarians, and their great Princess, Caran, was slain, along with most of her people. Her sword, given to her ancestors by Sai Vikhë herself, was broken — a sign of the final destruction of the Chenti.

Caran, with her dying breath, charged that the pieces of the sword should be preserved and given to the One who was worthy to re-forge and wield them.

After many adventures, the shattered sword came to the city of Caere, whose Princess, the young earth-born daughter of Sai Raya, re-forged the sword and took it into battle to defeat the demonic hordes and their terrible ruler.

By this act she won the allegiance of all the Rayins (Queens) of the world, and her city of Caere, far in the East, became the capital of the new civilization.

All subsequent Empires are the continuation of this one, including the present Westrenne Empire, also known as the Nevcaeran (New Caeran) Empire.


Commentary on the first verse

While the Anthem is sometimes sung in full, the first verse and chorus are more commonly heard.

From the mountain’s rayant pinnaclé
To the troublèd waters of the sea,

Clearly means, geographically, “from the inland mountains to the coasts” i.e. throughout the land. However, it also signifies, metaphysically, “from the Centre or ‘mountain-peak’, from whose (rayant) radiance all things take their being, to the outward world of flux and change”. “Troublèd” means “turbulent” but also refers to the inherent sorrows of the changing world of samsara. The underlying thought is that expressed in the Scripture:

Earth moves but Heaven is still
The rim revolves, but the Centre remains without motion.

While the troublèd, or turbulent, sea, beyond the shores of Empire, is pure samsara, the Holy Raihir itself is, to some extent, protected from the worst vicissitudes of worldly chaos by the Celestial Influence of the Solar Empress. This influence is described in the lines:

O Rayan’, thy rule doth run
As coursers of the sun:

Here we have the traditional image of the sun’s rays as horses, galloping out from the central point, spreading the benign warmth and light of the Spirit into places that would otherwise be dark and “troublèd”.

Rayan’ is Raihiranya Sai Rayanna I, the solar avatar who defeated the demonic forces then besetting the land and became the first Empress of Caere. From her all subsequent Empresses are descended, and by virtue of her blood they are termed Sun-Daughters.

The repeated pledge of allegiance is all-important, since it is only insofar as we affiliate ourselves in harmony and obedience to the Golden Order that we may be rescued by it from the turbulence of chaotic being.

Thus, the Imperial Anthem is a hymn to the saving harmony of the Golden Order as manifested through the Celestial Empire and her Solar Empress.

The Imperial Flag (right) carries the same symbolism, with its solar center raying out in all directions, covering the whole field (or Empire) with its celestial light.

So, when we salute the flag to the strains of the Imperial Anthem, we receive the same unifying and saving vision in both “mythic” and visual terms. And thus this very activity may be seen, not as the merely worldly formality that it is in Telluria, but as an effective ritual, binding oneself and one’s dear ones to the loving, protective, and harmonious Light.


Words used in the Anthem

Rayant: Often translated as “radiant”, but literally “raying” – sending out rays.
Troublèd: turbulent
Coursers: running horses
Torent: broken
Slaghan: slain
Distrait/destrait: destroyed
Fast: bindingly (not quickly)
Rayin: Queen
“There to send them well again”: i.e. to send them back to the demonic hell from whence they came.
Lest: least
Est: East (the older form, still used in the word “Estrenne”, describing someone or something from the East)

See also

This is the anthem of our blessed Mother Empire. Now hear the anthem of our own dear Protectorate here in Telluria.