Theophilos Palaiologos

This is the last year, this the last
of the Greek emperors. And, alas,
how sadly those around him talk.
Kyr Theophilos Palaiologos
in his grief, in his despair, says:
"I would rather die than live."

Ah, Kyr Theophilos Palaiologos,
how much of the pathos, the yearning of our race,
how much weariness-
such exhaustion from injustice and persecution-
your six tragic words contained.

Constantine P. Cavafy

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