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First Line: I am constantine kanaris
Last Line: Till I rise from earth again!
Alternate Author Name(s): Muller, Wilhelm
Subject(s): Epitaphs; God; Graves; Tombs; Tombstones

I AM Constantine Kanaris.
I, who lie beneath this stone,
Twice into the air in thunder
Have the Turkish galleys blown.

In my bed I died -- a Christian,
Hoping straight with Christ to be;
Yet one earthly wish is buried
Deep within the grave with me --

That upon the open ocean,
When the third Armada came,
They and I had died together,
Whirled aloft on wings of flame.

Yet 'tis something that they've laid me
In a land without a stain:
Keep it thus, my God and Saviour,
Till I rise from earth again!

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