Armenian Poems (Google eBook)

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Atlantic printing Company, 1917 - Armenian poetry - 295 pages
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Page 44 - For my country, Armenia! Might I choose from the world where my dwelling should be, I would say, still thy ruins are Eden to me, My beloved Armenia!
Page x - In the Armenians we have a people who are peculiarly adapted to be the intermediaries of the new dispensation. They profess our religion, are familiar with some of our best ideals, and assimilate each new product of European culture with an avidity and thoroughness which no other race between India and the Mediterranean has given any evidence of being able to rival. These capacities they have made manifest under the greatest of disadvantages as a subject race ministering to the needs of Mussulman...
Page 115 - The lips of the Christ-child are like to twin leaves; They let roses fall when He smiles tenderly. The tears of the Christ-child are pearls when he grieves: The eyes of the Christ-child are deep as the sea. Like pomegranate grains are the dimples He hath, And clustering lilies spring up in His path.
Page 130 - O swallow, build thy nest. There dwells afar my father, A mournful man and gray, Who for his only son's return Waits vainly, day by day. If thou shouldst chance to see him, Greet him with love from me ; Bid him sit down and mourn with tears His son's sad destiny. In poverty and loneliness, Tell him, my days are passed : My life is only half a life, My tears are falling fast.
Page xi - If I were asked what characteristics distinguish the Armenians from other Orientals, I should be disposed to lay most stress on a quality known in popular speech as grit. It is this quality to which they owe their preservation as a people, and they are not surpassed in this respect by any European nation. Their intellectual capacities are supported by a solid foundation of character, and, unlike the Greeks, but like the Germans, their nature is averse to superficial methods; they become absorbed...
Page 131 - Waits vainly, day by day. If thou shouldst chance to see him, Greet him with love from me; Bid him sit down and mourn with tears His son's sad destiny. In poverty and loneliness, Tell him, my days are passed: My life is only half a life, My tears are falling fast. To me, amid bright daylight, The sun is dark at noon; To my wet eyes at midnight Sleep comes not, late or soon. Tell him that, like a beauteous flower Smit by a cruel doom, Uprooted from my native soil, I wither ere my bloom. Fly on swift...
Page v - A rather impertinent reply from a subject nation to one which dominated it; but thoroughly characteristic of the Armenians. The Persians did use fire and sword, and defeated the Armenians in the plain of Avarair under Mount Ararat (451). But they did not gain their end. An old historian...
Page 40 - I answered, " on my head Let fire descend and thunder burst ; Let foes against my life conspire, Let all who hate thee do their worst : I will be true to thee till death ; Yea, even upon the gallows tree The last breath of a death of shame Shall shout thy name, O Liberty !
Page ix - Armenians, but it is not possible to deny that they are the most capable, energetic, enterprising, and pushing race in Western Asia, physically superior, and intellectually acute, and above all they are a race which can be raised in all respects to our own level, neither religion, color, customs, nor inferiority in intellect or force constituting any barrier between us. Their shrewdness and aptitude for business are remarkable, and whatever exists of commercial enterprise in Eastern Asia Minor is...
Page ix - The Armenians are a people of large and noble capacities. For ages they have maintained their civilization under oppression that would have crushed almost any other people. The Armenian is one of the finest races in the world. If I were asked to name the most desirable races to be added by immigration to the American population, I would name among the very first the Armenian.

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