Epitaph of Constantine Kanaris

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Epitaph of Constantine Kanaris:
From the German of Wilhelm Müller

by William Edmonstoune Aytoun

I am Constantine Kanaris:

I, who lie beneath this stone,

Twice into the air in thunder

Have the Turkish galleys blown.


In my bed I died—a Christian,

Hoping straight with Christ to be;

Yet one earthly wish is buried

Deep within the grave with me—


That upon the open ocean

When the third Armada came,

They and I had died together,

Whirled aloft in wings of flame.


Yet 't is something that they've laid me

In a land without a stain:

Keep it thus, my God and Saviour,

Till I rise from earth again!