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It came to pass, that when he did address
Till he did greet white Achelous' tide,
Where lone Utraikey forms its circling cove,
Nor did he pass unmoved the gentle scene,
LXXI. On the smooth shore the night-fires brightly blazed, The feast was done, the red wine circling fast, And he that unawares had there ygazed With gaping wonderment had stared aghast; For ere night's midmost, stillest hour was past, The native revels of the troop began; Each Palikar 2 his sabre from him cast,
And bounding hand in hand, man link'd to man, Yelling their uncouth dirge, long daunced the kirtled
clan. 3 I The Albanian Mussulmans do not abstain from wine, and, indeed, very few of the others.
2 Palikar, shortened when addressed to a single person, from Iladragi, a general name for a soldier amongst the Greeks and Albanese who speak Romaic: it means, properly, “a lad." 3 [The following is Mr. Hobhouse's animated description of
The long wild locks that to their girdles stream’d, While thus in concert they this lay half sang, half
this scene:-" In the evening the gates were secured, and preparations were made for feeding our Albanians. A goat was killed and roasted whole, and four fires were kindled in the yard, round which the soldiers seated themselves in parties. After eating and drinking, the greatest part of them assembled round the largest of the fires, and, whilst ourselves and the elders of the party were seated on the ground, danced round the blaze, to their own songs, with astonishing energy. All their songs were relations of some robbing exploits. One of them, which detained them more than an hour, began thus: -'When we set out from Parga, there were sixty of us : ' then came the burden of the verse, -
• Robbers all at Parga !
Κλεφτεις ποτε Παργα !' and, as they roared out this stave, they whirled round the fire, dropped, and rebounded from their knees, and again whirled round, as the chorus was again repeated. The rippling of the waves upon the pebbly margin where we were seated, filled up the pauses of the song with a milder, and not more monotonous music. The night was very dark ; but, by the flashes of the fires, we caught a glimpse of the woods, the rocks, and the lake, which, together with the wild appearance of the dancers, presented us with a scene that would have made a fine picture in the hands of such an artist as the author of the Mysteries of Udolpho. As we were acquainted with the character of the Albanians, it did not at all diminish our pleasure to know, that every one of our guard had been robbers, and some of them a very short time before. It was eleven o'clock before we had retired to our room, at which tin the Albanians,wrapping themselves up in their capotes, went to sleep round the fires.”]
[For a specimen of the Albanian or Arnaout dialect of the Illyric, see Appendix, Note [C].]
1 Drummer. 2 These stanzas are partly taken from different Albanese songs, as far as I was able to make them out by the exposition of the Albanese in Romaic and Italian,
7. I love the fair face of the maid in her youth, Her caresses shall lull me, her music shall sooth; Let her bring from the chamber her many-toned lyre, And sing us a song on the fall of her sire.
9. I talk not of mercy, I talk not of fear ; He neither must know who would serve the Vizier : Since the days of our prophet the Crescent ne'er saw A chief ever glorious like Ali Pashaw.
10. Dark Muchtar his son to the Danube is sped, (dread; Let the yellow-hair'd 2 Giaours 3 view his horsetail 4 with When his Delhis 5 come dashing in blood o'er the banks, How few shall escape from the Muscovite ranks!
1 It was taken by storm from the French,
our forlorn hope.
Fair Greece ! sad relic of departed worth ! 1
Oh! who that gallant spirit shall resume,
Spirit of freedom! when on Phyle's brow 2
Trembling beneath the scourge of Turkish hand; From birth till death enslaved; in word, in deed, unmann'd.
In all save form alone, how changed ! and who
Nor solely dare encounter hostile rage,
1 Some Thoughts on the present State of Greece and Turkey will be found in the Appendix, Notes [D] and [E].
2 Phyle, which commands a beautiful view of Athens, has still considerable remains : it was seized by Thrasybulus, previous to the expulsion of the Thirty.