Photios Kontoglou – The Greek Revolution – 1821

Για του Χριστού την πίστιν την αγίαν,
για της πατρίδος την ελευθερίαν,
γι’ αυτά τα δύο πολεμώ,
γι’ αυτά να ζήσω επιθυμώ,
κι αν δεν τα αποκτήσω
τι μ’ ωφελεί να ζήσω;


For Christ’s holy faith,
for liberty for my homeland,
for these two I fight,
and I long to live for these,
but if I don’t obtain this,
what reason to stay alive?

Greek folk poem about liberation from the Ottoman Turks: March 25, 1821

Here’s what Kontoglou writes about the Greek fighters:

Holiness enveloped them all. Their hearts, in spite of all their bravery, were “broken and contrite”. (Psalm 50/51) That’s why our faith was true, because the faith of Christ does not fit with people who are well off and have not been hurt by life, as in the words of Christ who says: “In the world you will have tribulation” and “narrow is the way” and “full of sorrows.”

But what a man loses in not having a good life, he gains a “hundredfold” in spiritual depth. And our nation, which was hapless and tormented was also blessed according to Solomon who says this about those who testify to the truth and die for it “if therefore, in people’s view they appear to have gained hell, their hope of salvation and immortality will be fulfilled” and “they will suffer a little, but receive their reward.” And what reward did they receive? Their recompense was a “robe of immortality” for them who “were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.” (Hebrews 11)

In Greek here.


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