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EUROPE, Hymn and Duty
Poetry by Konstantinos Katis
Music by Demetrios Katis
Favorite of the gods - Goddess you are !
Cast and spread the Apollonian light
And give peace so as to suckle and feed
The thirsty lips of the nation's peoples.
Light of the universe which knows no setting,
Burning with your gaze the darkness and gloom
You are the hope, and the dream and the kiss
And you bring warmth to the hearts of all men.
Forge the way to the future broad and wide
With the hatchet of love - brightly shining -
Don wings, give spirited breath, do not stop !
And lay carpets of laurel upon its passing.
Notion of contest, beautiful maiden -
A wreath of glory for spirit and for strength -
And with the torch of peace you bring light
To people and nations - even to the Gods !
You, who give birth to the wise and heroes,
Send the blast of the trumpet far beyond
So the voice of harmony will be heard
And the message of concord will spread.
Invest science with prudence and wisdom,
So that it may properly serve mankind
And with the flame of your soul incinerate
Fear - and also the wings and pinions of war.
Rise high up and lean against the sun
Adorning yourself with its golden wreath
So Goddess of love you shall now shine forth
With the first sweet yearnings of youth.
The eyes which behold you - of all the world
Beseeching justice and a kind smile
For the fruits, the knowledge and the word
all children of the Sun and of the Earth!
Europe united, eternal in your youth,
You who have wisely endowed your peoples
The price of democracy you exact
In words and deeds - with courage in your heart.
Fly high up with the gust of wind
And, chisel in hand, carve creatures of sky
So that they may sing the hymn to life
Throughout time's ages - without end.
?Oh ! Europe !
Mother and Daughter
Of glorious nations?
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Copyright © 2004 Konstantinos Katis
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Copyright © 2004 Demetrios K. Katis