Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes. Greece and Turkey in Europe: Vol. XIX. 187679.
Introductory to Greece
Song of the Crow
All persons and all things in Greece seem to have had their own peculiar songs,ploughmen, reapers, millers, weavers, shepherds, etc., as may be seen in Athenæus, XIV. 619. Even the poor unpopular crow could boast of one, and persons went about begging in his name, and piping in strains suitable to his habits and disposition. The crows, says Mr. Mitchell, appear to have been in great disfavor with the Athenians; they had the fee-simple of all that society wished to eject from itself; and thus stood to the Greeks somewhat in the relation of that malignant person, who, according to Rabelais, breakfasts on the souls of sergeant-at-arms fricasseed. This song will show that the dislike to the crow did not prevail universally among the Greeks, but that the same use was made of him in some parts, as in others was made of the swallow.Peters Poets and Poetry of Greece and Rome.