Hymn to Freedom – National Anthem of Greece!
It is a poem written by Dionysios Solomos in May 1823 in Zakynthos and a year later it was printed in Messolonghi. It is part of the national anthem of Greece (since 1865) and of Cyprus since 1966. The anthem was composed by Nikolaos Mantzaros in 1828.
It consists of 158 turns or 632 verses and is the largest state anthem in the world!
I recognize you from the
scary cutting of the sword.
I recognize you from the view
that violently watches over the earth.
Because you were born from the bones,
the sacred ones of the Hellenes/Greeks,
and for as always you were brave,
blessed you shall be, oh blessed you shall be, Liberty !
You had been residing there inside,
and you were looking forward to a mouth
to go tell you: “Come again.”
That day was yet to come
and everything was silent,
because the fear was shadowing them
and the slavery was destroying them.
Miserable ! The only comfort
left for you was to talk about
lost majestic moments.
And she couldn’t wait, and she couldn’t wait
for a liberalist voice.
One thing was hitting the other hand
from the desperation,
and you were saying: “When, oh, when will I get
my head out of the hostage stage ?”
And above you
whinings, enslaved, voices were responding.
The you were raising your glance
which was blind from the whining,
and down on your cloth blood was pouring,
full hellenic/greek blood.