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για λίγο πάψε
για λίγο πάψε,
να χτυπάς με το
σπαθί, τώρα σίμωσε
και κλάψε εις
τον μπάυρον το
This poem was written by L. Byron to encourage the Greeks in
their uprising against the Ottoman Turks. Lord Byron was
an aristocrat in England who fell in love with the Greek people and their
Lord Byron sold
his property to buy weapons for the Greeks during the early years of the
uprising, and wrote many poems encouraging the Greeks in their struggle.
He died in Messolonghi on April 1824, and with his last words spoke of how he
gave what is most valuable to a person his life as a sacrifice to the Greek
people, and that hopefully his sacrifice would bear fruit and help in the liberation.
The Greek people were horrified at the death of Lord Byron as they loved him
so dearly. The Greek people owe much to Phil Hellenes such as Lord
Byron, and they are all highly respected and loved by the Greek
nation. In Lord Byron's honor a statue has been erected in
Messolonghi and in other areas throughout Greece.