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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