James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.

April 6

The Massacre at Scio

By William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)

  • Scio is an island in the Ægean sea belonging to Turkey. It was said to be the birthplace of Homer. It was the scene of a terrible massacre by the Turks, on April 6, 1822.

  • WEEP not for Scio’s children slain;

    Their blood, by Turkish falchions shed,

    Sends not its cry to heaven in vain

    For vengeance on the murderer’s head.

    Though high the warm red torrent ran

    Between the flames that lit the sky,

    Yet, for each drop, an armed man

    Shall rise, to free the land, or die.

    And for each corpse, that in the sea

    Was thrown to feast the scaly herds,

    A hundred of the foe shall be

    A banquet for the mountain birds.

    Stern rites and sad, shall Greece ordain

    To keep that day along her shore,

    Till the last link of slavery’s chain

    Is shivered, to be worn no more.