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Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936).  Verse: 1885–1918.  1922.
 
The Greek National Anthem
 
1918

WE knew thee of old,
  Oh divinely restored,
By the light of thine eyes
  And the light of thy Sword.
 
From the graves of our slain        5
  Shall thy valour prevail
As we greet thee again—
  Hail, Liberty! Hail!
 
Long time didst thou dwell
  Mid the peoples that mourn,        10
Awaiting some voice
  That should bid thee return.
 
Ah, slow broke that day
  And no man dared call,
For the shadow of tyranny        15
  Lay over all:
 
And we saw thee sad-eyed,
  The tears on thy cheeks
While thy raiment was dyed
  In the blood of the Greeks.        20
 
Yet, behold now thy sons
  With impetuous breath
Go forth to the fight
  Seeking Freedom or Death.
 
From the graves of our slain        25
  Shall thy valour prevail
As we greet thee again
  Hail, Liberty! Hail!
 
 
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