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    From the poetry of Fan Noli (1882-1965)

    (Elegy written in Berlin on the death of writer and political figure Luigj Gurakuqi, 1879-1925, who had been assassinated in Bari on 2 March 1925 by an agent of Ahmet Zogu.)

    Dead in exile

    Oh mother, mourn our brother,
    Cut down by three bullets.
    They mocked him, they murdered him,
    They called him traitor.

    For he loved you when they hated you,
    For he wept when they derided you,
    For he clothed you when they denuded you,
    Oh mother, he died a martyr.

    Oh mother, weep bitter tears,
    Thugs have slain your son
    Who with Ismail Qemali
    Raised the valiant standard.

    Oh mother, weep for him in Vlora,
    Where he bore you freedom,
    A soul as pure as snow,
    For whom you have no grave.

    Oh mother, he did his utmost
    With eloquence and heart of iron,
    Alive in exile, dead in exile,
    This towering liberator.

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    From the poetry of Naim Frasheri (1846-1900)

    Oh mountains of Albania

    Oh mountains of Albania and you, oh trees so lofty,
    Broad plains with all your flowers, day and night I contemplate you,
    You highlands so exquisite, and you streams and rivers sparkling,
    Oh peaks and promontories, and you slopes, cliffs, verdant forests,
    Of the herds and flocks I'll sing out which you hold and which you nourish.
    Oh you blessed, sacred places, you inspire and delight me!
    You, Albania, give me honour, and you name me as Albanian,
    And my heart you have replenished both with ardour and desire.
    Albania! Oh my mother! Though in exile I am longing,
    My heart has ne'er forgotten all the love you've given to me.
    When a lambkin from its flock strays and does hear its mother's bleating,
    Once or twice it will give answer and will flee in her direction,
    Were others, twenty-thirty fold, to block its path and scare it,
    Despite its fright it would return, pass through them like an arrow,
    Thus my wretched heart in exile, here in foreign land awaiting,
    Hastens back unto that country, swift advancing and in longing.
    Where cold spring water bubbles and cool breezes blow in summer,
    Where the foliage grows so fairly, where the flowers have such fragrance,
    Where the shepherd plays his reed pipe to the grazing of the cattle,
    Where the goats, their bells resounding, rest, yes 'tis the land I long for.

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    From the poetry of Sejfullah Maleshova (1901 - 1971)

    How I Love Albania



    I've no farm estates or manors,
    I've no shops or lofty buildings,
    Yet I love my land, Albania -
    For a barn in Trebeshina,
    For its boulders and its brushwood,
    For a hut above Selishta,
    For two fields ploughed in Zallishta,
    For a cow and for a donkey,
    For an ox, a little lambkin,
    This is how I love my country
    Like a shepherd, like a peasant.

    Yes, I love my land, Albania,
    For the clover in its meadows,
    For a quick and agile maiden,
    For its spring of water gurgling
    From the cliffs and flowing swiftly
    Through the leafy oak tree forests,
    Tumbling down to form a river,
    Yes, I love my land, Albania,
    For the fenugreek in blossom,
    For the birds that fly above it,
    For the nightingales a-singing,
    In the shade and in the brambles,
    Trilling songs of love and longing,
    This is how I love my country,
    Like a poet in devotion.

    Yes, I love my land, Albania,
    Right from Korēa to Vranina,
    Where the farmer sets off early
    With his hoe and plough a-toiling,
    Sows and reaps by sun and moonlight,
    Yet, he has no food to live on,
    Where the farrier and saddler
    Day and night stoop o'er their duties
    Just to get a few stale breadcrumbs,
    Where the porter at the dockyards,
    Laden down with iron and barrels,
    Bears his load, barefoot and ragged,
    Always serving other people.
    Yes, I love my land, Albania,
    Right from Skopje to Janina,
    Where its people in misfortune
    Suffer, live their lives in serfdom,
    Yet they have a fighting spirit -
    This is how I love my country,
    Like a revolutionary.

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