A Poem about Alexander Ypsilanti

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Switzerland and Austria: Vol. XVI.  1876–79.

Austria: Munkacs, Hungary

Alexander Ypsilanti

Wilhelm Müller (1794–1827)

Translated by C. T. Brooks

ALEXANDER YPSILANTI sate in Muncacs’ lofty tower,

And the rotten casement rattled in the wind that midnight hour;

Black-winged clouds, in long procession, hiding moon and stars, swept by,

And the Greek prince whispered sadly: “Must I here, a captive, lie?”

On the distant south horizon still he gazes, half unmanned:

“Were I sleeping in thy dust, now, my belovéd Fatherland!”

And he flung the window open, ’t was a dreary scene to view;

Crows were swarming in the lowlands, round the cliff the eagle flew.

And again he murmured, sighing: “Comes there none good news to tell

From the country of my fathers?” And his heavy lashes fell,—

Was ’t with tears, or was ’t with slumber? And his head sank on his hand;—

Lo! his face is growing brighter,—dreams he of his Fatherland?

So he sate, and to the sleeper came a slender arméd man,

Who, with glad and earnest visage, to the mourner thus began:

“Alexander Ypsilanti, cheer thy heart and lift thy head!

In the narrow rocky passage where my blood was freely shed,

Where the brave three hundred Spartans slumber in a common grave,

Greece to-day has met the oppressor, and her conquering banners wave.

This glad message to deliver was my spirit sent to thee:

Alexander Ypsilanti, Hellas’ holy land is free!”

Then awoke the prince from slumber, and in ecstasy he cries:

“’T is Leonidas!” and glistening tears of joy bedewed his eyes.

Hark! above his head a rustling; and a kingly eagle flies

From the window, and in moonlight spreads his pinions to the skies.



Timeline 1814-1820-Filiki Eteria -Alexandros ypsilantis

“1814 – The Filiki Eteria (Friendly Society) is founded in Odessa.

1819 – Savvas Triantafyllidis of the Friendly Society recruits Sylvester Lazaridis to the intelligence of the F.S. Lazaridis is a Deacon from Pontus and later becomes the Metropolitan of Chaldia. Sylvester in turn recruits Metropolitan Sophroneos, Jacob Grigorantis and others into the Society. In the same year the highly influential Ilias Kandilis /Kandiloglou is recruited but dies. He passes 5000 Roubles from his will to Alexander Ypsilantis for the purposes of running the F.S.

1820 (April) – Alexander Ypsilantis becomes chief in charge of the Filiki Eteria.”


Eizabeth (Safta) Vacarescu-Constantin Ipsilantis

“Constantin Vacarescu married Ana, daughter of the founders of Kretzulescu Church ( Grand Chancellor Iordache Kretzulescu amd Princess Safta Brancoveanu, herself Constantin Brancoveanu’s daughter ). They built the Magureanu Priory Church ( no longer a priory ) in Bucharest. Their children:
*********- Safta, married to Constantin Ipsilanti, Lord of Wallachia ( 1802-1806; 1807 under Russian occupation ) and Moldavia ( 1799-1801 ) and son of Alexandru Ipsilanti; he is famous for his strong Russian sympathies ( in fact his and Alexandru Moruzi’s sacking by the Sultan in 1806 prompted the Russo-Turkish War 1806-1812 ). …”

Source: Romanian Aristocratic families:http://aristoromania.blogspot.com/


Constantine Ypsilantis (web books , 1829)

Zeitgenossen: ein biographisches Magazin für die Geschichte unserer Zeit
– January 1, 1829
Brodhaus Publisher

Insurrection et régénération de la Grèce

By Georg Gottfried Gervinus et al., 1863

The Hellenin herald Vol 1-2 , 1906
“The descendant of a noble Phanariot family, Alexandre Ypsilantis, son of that … Constantin Ypsilantis, who first dreamed of the political unity of the Danubian …”

” Ipitis, médecin particulier d’Alexandre Ypsilanti”

Philippe de Sharnize (Charnisay) dans le livre «La révolte grecque et les diplomates européens» (1904)

écrit: «L’arrivée en Allemagne du docteur Ipitis, médecin particulier d’Alexandre Ypsilanti, donna une

nouvelle impulsion au mouvement grécophile» (De Charnisay, P. L’insurrection hellénique et la

diplomatie européenne. – Paris. 1904. – P. 187.)