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Ça Ira!

Ça Ira! (That will succeed). This expression, many times repeated, made up about half the words of a revolutionary song (later the official song of the Revolution) said to have originated on 5 Oct. 1789 when the Fr. mob marched to Versailles to bring the King and the royal family to Paris, and which became the mus. acc. to almost every incident of the Terror. The tune adopted was that of a popular contredanse, called Carillon national, by a th. violinist of the day, Bécourt. See also Carmagnole.

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