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Δευτέρα, 13 Ιουνίου 2011

Καπετάν Μητρούσης Γκογκολάκης

Serres panorama, 12-2010Image by Κωνσταντίνος Παρίσσης via Flickr
Captain Metrousis asks of God
To let him enter Serres, draw his sword.

No sooner was he in, they betrayed him
With fierce cries they (the Turks) surrounded him.

Captain Metrousis with five or six lads,
From inside the Evangelistria Church fires on the curs.

"Surrender, Metrousis, to save your lives",
"Shall we burn Serres for five or six lads"

Captain Metrousis won't give in,
His blood he 'll shed, he 'll never surrender.

The slavophone Greek Freedom Fighter for the liberation of Macedonia Captain Metrousis Gogolakis suffered the atrocity of Bulgarian comitadji when they senselessly slaughtered his wife and child. That same night, with the help of his brother, he revenged on the murderers. That feat turned him into a symbol to his suppressed Greek countrymen, and for three years the fear of the Bulgarians, who, unable to deal with him, reported his movements to the Turks. So when he entered Serres with his few companions, on 15-7-1907, the Turks surrounded him and trapped him in the Church of Evangelistria, from the bell-tower of which they fought to the last. Many songs have been written in the greek traditional culture about the legendary Macedonian warrior.


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