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How brown the foliage of the green hill's grove,
Nor did he pass unmoved the gentle scene,
On the smooth shore the night-fires brightly blazed,
And bounding hand in hand, man linked to man, Yelling their uncouth dirge, long daunced the kirtled
Childe Harold at a little distance stood
The long wild locks that to their girdles streamed, While thus in concert they this lay half sang, half
TAMBOURGI! Tambourgi !3 thy 'larum afar
2 Palikar.] Modern Greek madankáplov, originally a campfollower, afterwards a young soldier, from mádaně, a young man,
3 Tambourgi.] A drummer, from “tambour,
2 Oh! who is more brave than a dark Suliote, In his snowy camese 1 and his shaggy capote ? To the wolf and the vulture he leaves his wild flock, And descends to the plain like the stream from the rock.
Shall the sons of Chimari, who never forgive
Then the pirates of Parga ? that dwell by the waves, And teach the pale Franks what it is to be slaves, Shall leave on the beach the long galley and oar, And track to his covert the captive on shore.
I ask not the pleasures that riches supply,
7 I love the fair face of the maid in her youth, Her caresses shall lull me, her music shall soothe ; Let her bring from the chamber her many-toned lyre, And sing us a song on the fall of her sire.
8 Remember the moment when Previsa 3 fell, The shrieks of the conquered, the conquerors' yell; 1 Camese.] French chemise.
Parga.] The west coast of Epirus, as also Previsa (8). 3 Previsa.] Near the site of Nicopolis, the ancient Actium.
The roofs that we fired, and the plunder we shared, The wealthy we slaughtered, the lovely we spared.
I talk not of mercy, I talk not of fear ;
10 Dark Muchtar his son to the Danube is sped, Let the yellow-haired Giaours 1 view his horsetail ?
with dread; When his Delhis come dashing in blood o'er the banks, How few shall escape from the Muscovite ranks !
Fair Greece ! sad relic of departed worth !
Oh! who that gallant spirit shall resume,
1 Yellow-haired Giaours.] The followers of the dog,' Christians.
2 Horsetail.] The badge of his power as a Pasha, of one, two, or three tails. See .Siege of Corinth,' 22, “The horsetails are plucked, &c.
3 Selictar.] See Glossary:
4 Bleak Thermopyle.] The epithet is appropriate to the mountain pass which is the grave of the brave Three Hundred, who, ander Leonidas, opposed the Persian entrance into Locri, B.c. 480.
5 Eurotas.] River of Sparta,
Spirit of freedom! when on Phyle's 1 brow
Trembling beneath the scourge of Turkish hand;
In all save form alone, how changed ! and who
Nor solely dare encounter hostile rage,
Hereditary bondsmen! know ye not Who would be free 2 themselves must strike the blow? By their right arms the conquest must be wrought ? Will Gaul or Muscovite redress ye? no ! True, they may lay your proud despoilers low, But not for you will Freedom's altars flame. Shades of the Helots ! 3 triumph o'er your foe ! Greece ! change thy lords, thy state is still the same; Thy glorious day is o'er, but not thine years of shame,
The city won for Allah 4 from the Giaour,
· Phyle.] In Attica, where Thrasybulus collected his band for their attack on the Thirty Tyrants of Athens, B.C. 403. See “Curse of Minerya.'
2 Who would be free, &c.] Has passed into a proverb, like Canto i., .Can blazon evil deeds, or consecrate a crime.' See 'D. J.' viii. 135.
3 Helots.] The old serfs of the Spartans, the old Achean race. Subdued by the Dorian invaders of the Peloponnesus.
4 Allah.] The Arabic name for God, from the Hebrew El.
And the Serai's impenetrable tower
But ne'er will freedem seek this fated soil,
were lenten days begin,
In motley robe to dance at masking ball,
And whose more rife with merriment than thine,
Nor oft I've seen such sight, nor heard such song,
Oft Music changed, but never ceased her tone, The Turks conquered Constantinople, of which Serai (Seraglio) is a tower, 1453.
1 Wahab's.] The Wahabees, a fanatical sect of the Mahommedans, who sprang up in the last century. Iconoclastic in their notions, they ransacked the prophet's tomb. The kingdom of Central Arabia is Wahabee.
2 Stamboul.] Though derived from the Greek és tnv móduv, is the Turkish name for Constantinople.
3 Sophia's shrine.] The church of Sophia, now a mosque, was built Constantine the Great and succeeding emperors. Sophia was martyred at Rome in the reign of Adrian,