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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Greece and Turkey in Europe: Vol. XIX.  1876–79.
 
Turkey in Europe, and the Principalities
Constantinople (Byzantium, Stamboul)
The Empire of the East
Edna Dean Proctor (1829–1923)
 
HAIL to the glorious morning
  When the Cross again shall shine
On the summit of Saint Sophia,
  O city of Constantine!
And that day of sack and slaughter        5
  When the wild, despairing cries
Of “Kyrie Eleison!” fainter
  Went wailing up to the skies,
Shall be lost in the splendid triumph
  As the Church reclaims her own,        10
And the Patriarch welcomes our Lord the Czar
  To the Cæsars’ ancient throne!
 
In the sky of the south, at midnight,
  We have seen God’s flaming sign,
And we know he will drive the Moslem horde,        15
  As chaff, from his sacred shrine!
Silent will be the muezzin
  As the sun on Asia sets;
Folded the crescent banner;
  Crumbled the minarets.        20
 
Then in the grand Cathedral
  Victorious chants we ’ll raise,
While the saints look down with loving eyes,
  And the gems of the altar blaze.
Hail to the day when the Eagles        25
  And the Cross shall gain their own,
As the Patriarch welcomes our Lord the Czar
  To the Cæsars’ ancient throne!
 
 
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