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I would that I had follow'd thee, Ianthis, my beloved !
And stood as woman oft hath stood where faithful hearts

are proved! That I had bound a breastplate on, and battled at thy

side-It would have been a blessed thing together bad we

died !

“ But where was I when thou didst fall beneath the fatal

sword ? Was I beside the sparkling fount, or at the peaceful

board ? Or singing some sweet song of old, in the shadow of the

vine, Or praying to the saints for thee, before the holy shrine ? And thou wert lying low the while, the life-drops from thy

heart Fast gushing like a mountain-spring !-and couldst thou

thus depart? Couldst thou depart, nor on my lips pour out thy fleeting

breath? -Oh! I was with thee but in joy, that should have been

in death!

« Yes! I was with thee when the dance through mazy

rings was led, And when the lyre and voice were tuned, and when the

feast was spread ; But not where noble blood Aow'd forth, where sounding

javelins few-Why did I hear love's first sweet words, and not its last

adieu ? What now can breathe of gladness more, what scene, what

hour, what tone ? The blue skies fade with all their lights, they fade, since

thou art gone! Ev’n that must leave me, that still face, by all my tears

unmoved -Take me from this dark world with thee, Ianthis ! my


A wail was heard around the bed, the deathbed of the

young, Amidst her tears the Funeral Chant a mournful sister sung. “ Ianthis ! brother of my soul !-oh! where are now the

days That laugh'd among the deep green hills, on all our

infant plays ?

When we two sported by the streams, or track'd them to

their source,

And like a stag's, the rocks along, was thy feet fearless


-I see the pines there waving yet, I see the rills descend, I see thy bounding step no more--my brother and my


“I come with flowers—for spring is come !—Ianthis ! art

thou here? I bring the garlands she hath brought, I cast them on thy

bier! Thou shouldst be crown’d with victory's crown-but oli !

more meet they seem, The first faint violets of the wood, and lilies of the stream ! More meet for one so fondly loved, and laid thus early

low-Alas! how sadly sleeps thy face amidst the sunshine's

glow: The golden glow that through thy heart was wont such joy

to send, -Woe, that it smiles, and not for thee !--my brother and

my friend ! »


This piece is founded on a tale related by Fauriel, in his “ Chansons Populaires de la Grèce Moderne," and accompanied with some very interesting particulars respecting the extempore parting songs, or songs of expatriation, as he informs us they are called, in which the modern Greeks are accustomed to pour forth their feelings on bidding farewell to their country and friends.

A youth went forth to exile, from a home
Such as to early thought gives images,
The longest treasur'd, and most oft recall'd,
And brightest kept, of love ;-a mountain home,
That, with the murmur of its rocking pines
And sounding waters, first in childhood's heart
Wakes the deep sense of nature unto joy,
And half unconscious prayer ;-a Grecian home,
With the transparence of blue skies o'erhung,
And, through the dimpess of its olive shades,
Catching the flash of fountains, and the gleam
Of shining pillars from the fanes of old.

And this was what he left !-Yet many leave
Far more :-the glistening eye, that first from theirs
Call'd out the soul's bright smile; the gentle hand,
Which through the sunshine led forth infant steps
To where the violets lay; the tender voice
That earliest taught them what deep melody
Lives in affection's tones.He left not these.
-Happy the weeper, that but weeps to part
With all a mother's love !-A bitterer grief
Was his—To part unloved of her unloved,
That should have breathed upon his heart, like Spring,
Fostering its young faint flowers !

Yet had he friends, And they went forth to cheer him on his way Unto the parting spot—and she too went, That mother, tearless for her youngest-born.

The parting spot was reach'd :-a lone deep glen,
Holy, perchance, of yore, for cave and fount
Were there, and sweet-voiced echoes; and above,
The silence of the blue, still, upper Heaven
Hung round the crags of Pindus, where they wore
Their crowning snows.—Upon a rock he sprung,

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