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* Zoë mou, sas agapo, or Zün uğ, od's eyaww, a Romaic expression of tenderness : if I translate it I shall affront the gentlemen, as it may seem I supposed they could not; and if I do not I may affront the ladies. For fear of any misconstruction on the part of the latter I shall do so, begging pardon of the learned. It means, “My Life, I love you !" which sounds very prettily in all languses, and is as much in fashion in Greece at this day as, Juvenal tells us, the two first words were amongst the Roman ladies, whose erotic expressions were all Hellenized.
By those tresses unconfin'd,
By that lip I long to taste;
* In the East (where ladies are not taught to write, lest they should scribble assignations) fowers, cinders, pebbles, &c. convey the sentiments of the parties by that universal deputy of Mercury—an old woman. A cinder says, “I burn for thee ;” a bunch of Aowers tied with hair, “ Take me and fly;" but a pebble declares-what nothing else can.
Maid of Athens ! I am gone:
Translation of the famous Greek War Song, Δεύτε παίδες των
'Eazývwy, written by Riga, who perished in the attempt to revolutionize Greece. The following translation is as literal as the author could make it in verse, which is of the same measure with that of the original. See Appendix.
Sons of the Greeks, arise!
The glorious hour's gone forth,
Display who gave us birth.
In a river past our feet.
Then manfully despising
The Turkish tyrant's yoke, Let your country see you rising,
And all her chains are broke. Brave shades of chiefs and sages,
Behold the coming strife!
Oh, start again to life!
Your sleep, oh, join with me!
Sons of Greeks, &c.
* Constantinople. " Erlanopos."
Sparta, Sparta, why in slumbers
Lethargic dost thou lie? Awake, and join thy numbers
With Athens, old ally! Leonidas recalling,
That chief of ancient song, Who sav'd ye once from falling,
The terrible! the strong!
In old Thermopylæ,
To keep his country free;
The battle, long he stood, And like a lion raging, Expir'd in seas of blood.
Sons of Greeks, &c.