Will Europe hear?—Aye, calmly hear—
No arm is stretched to save:
Why need'st thou aid ? art thou not Greece,
The glorious, and the brave?
Art thou not Greece, the hallowed land,
The mistress of the seas?
Where are the breasts that bled for thee?
Where sleeps Miltiades?
Where are the few whose tales we hear,
A hero every one,
Who fought, and fell, victorious still—
The men of Marathon?
Where is the godlike Spartan prince
Of famed Thermopylae,
Who nobly scorning life in chains,
Deemed 'better not to be'?
Chains !—O! the very thought was death,
A thought they could not bear;
Their lofty spirits were as free
As their own mountain air!
Hast thou forgotten, Salamis!
The triumph on thy wave?
Thy rocky shore can testify
Th' Athenian was no slave.
But Athens hath forgot his name,
His deeds are past away;
And o'er her broken temples now
Hath lowered a darker day.
The flame that on her altars glowed
Now glows, alas! no more!
And that bright fire is quenched which warmed
Her heroes' hearts of yore.
And Corinth, city of the sea,
In dust and ashes weeps;
Why is she now not great and free?
Alas! Timoleon sleeps!
King Agis was a Spartan king,
A crown was on his brow;
But Liberty that chaplet wove:
Such king hath Sparta now?
An oracle did once declare,
The prince who first was dead
Should save his state—and know ye not
How nobly Codrus bled?
There was a hero once in Thebes
Who spurned a tyrant's power;
Did he but live, Thebes would not be
In slavery one short hour!
They're gone to their eternal rest,
Untroubled and serene;
Their country is a tyrant's now,
As if they ne'er had been!
O Greece! thy race of gods on earth
Would soon have set thee free
By some unequalled deed of worth,
Befitting them, and thee.
But though they sleep, hast thou no sons
To seize the flaming brand,
And bravely grasp the freeman's sword
With patriotic hand?
Will Europe hear? Ah! no—ah! no--
She coldly turns from thee;
Thine own right arm, and battle-blade
Must win the victory.
And then will Europe hear ?—she shall,
But not a mournful strain;
The world will hear exultingly
That Greece is free again!