Adaman palikanari, dhodheka hronon
genitsaro me piran pera stin frangja.
When I was a young man of twelve
they took me as a Janissary to foreign lands.
Na matho to dhoksari, ke to polemo
midhe dhoksari matha, midhe polemo.
To learn the bow and war.
Neither the bow did I learn nor war.
Mon matha tin agapi tin paterimi
ta sidhera patousa, ke vgaza nero.
Only did I learn of love of loneliness.
I pressed iron and drew water.
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