Temístocles José Araúz Rojas

Dr. Temístocles José Araúz Rojas (Machala, October 14, 1871 – ?) was an Ecuadorian doctor and writer. His best known work is the hymn of El Oro province. He wrote political articles for several newspapers in the country, including El Telégrafo, Diario de Avisos, and El Tiempo. He served as governor of El Oro province and then senator for 9 years.

Education and career

Araúz attended secondary school at the San Vicente School, now known as the Vicente Rocafuerte School, in Guayaquil and graduated as a doctor from the University of Guayaquil, where he also founded the Association of Medicine; later, he received the medal of merit as the best student courtesy of the Guayas Philanthropic Society. He was a surgeon at the Teófilo Dávila Hospital and Director of Health of the Coast before becoming governor of El Oro province and then senator for 9 years.

Parentage

His parents were Temístocles Baltazar Araúz and Ana de los Ángeles Rojas Serrano.

Hymn of El Oro province. Lyrics by Temístocles Aráuz Rojas with music by his daughter Odalia Aráuz García.

Himno de El Oro

CORO
¡Salve, salve provincia aguerrida,
de la patria brillante esplendor,
ofrecémoste todos la vida
cuando sea de luchar por tu honor!.

I
De tus hijos el justo civismo
con su altivo y bellísimo afán
son ejemplos de gran patriotismo
que en la historia por siempre estarán
pregonando heroísmo que es llama,
tu grandeza, virtud y valor,
y la gloria en justicia proclama
ya tu noble y patriótico ardor.

II
Cinco décadas ha que formaste,
de la Patria importante sección
y arrogante y febril aportaste
de tus hijos magnífica acción.
Hoy altiva, brillante y galana
eres reina y señora del bien
a quien cual soberbia sultana
desde ultramar te admiran también.

III
Eres del Ecuador la atalaya
desde donde celosos cuidamos
la montaña, el valle y la playa
que de los Machalas heredamos,
aquella playa hermosa y ardiente,
aquel valle fragante y florido,
la montaña escarpada y pendiente
que nos legó Atahualpa querido.

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