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Author Unknown

The Captain in Love

Modern Greek

“CONDUCT thee wisely, Nicholas, as well becomes a captain,

Nor with thy children be at strife, nor venture to insult them;

For they an evil plot have laid, resolving they will slay thee.”—

“Who is it with my children talks? who is it tells them stories?

Well! when the blooming spring shall come, and when shall come the summer,

To Xerolibada I go, and to our ancient quarters,—

Thither I go to wed my love, to take a fair-haired maiden:

With golden coins I’ll deck my love, with strings of pearls adorn her.”

The Pallicars they heard his words, and scornful was their anger;

Three shots they gave him all at once, and all the three were fatal.

“Down with the weakling fool!” they cried; “shoot down the worthless wanton!

From us he took the golden coins to win the fair-haired maiden.

Our fair-haired maid the pistol is, the sabre is our mistress.”