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Serbia: A Sketch   By: (1860-1926)

Serbia: A Sketch by Helen Leah Reed

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[Illustration: KARAGEORGES LIBERATOR OF SERBIA]

SERBIA: A SKETCH

BY

HELEN LEAH REED

AUTHOR OF "NAPOLEON'S YOUNG NEIGHBOR" "MISS THEODORA," ETC.

[Illustration]

WRITTEN AND PUBLISHED FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE SERBIAN DISTRESS FUND 555 Boylston Street, Boston 1917

Copyright, 1916 BY HELEN LEAH REED

THE PLIMPTON PRESS NORWOOD MASS USA

Serbia, valiant daughter of the Ages, Happiness and light should be thy portion! Yet thy day is dimmed, thine heart is heavy; Long hast thou endured a little longer Bear thy burden, for a fair tomorrow Soon will gleam upon thy flower spread valleys, Soon will brighten all thy shadowy mountains; Soon will sparkle on thy foaming torrents Rushing toward the world beyond thy rivers. Bulgar, Turk and Magyar long assailed thee. Now the Teuton's cruel hand is on thee. Though he break thy heart and rack thy body, 'Tis not his to crush thy lofty spirit. Serbia cannot die. She lives immortal, Serbia all thy loyal men bring comfort Fighting, fighting, and thy far flung banner Blazons to the world thy high endeavor, This thy strife for brotherhood and freedom Like an air free bird unknowing bondage, Soaring far from carnage, smoke and tumult, Serbia thy soul shall live forever! Serbia, undaunted, is immortal!

Among comparatively recent books in English accessible to the general reader are:

SERVIA AND THE SERVIANS Mijatovich L. C. Page Co.

THE SERVIAN PEOPLE Lazarovich Hrebelianovich , 2 vols. Scribners

SERVIA BY THE SERVIANS Alfred Stead Heinemann

THE SLAV NATIONS Tucic Hodder and Stoughton

SERBIA, HER PEOPLE, HISTORY AND ASPIRATIONS Petrovitch Stokes

THE STORY OF SERVIA Church Kelly

HERO TALES AND LEGENDS OF THE SERBIANS Petrovitch Harrap and Co.

WITH SERBIA INTO EXILE Fortier Jones The Century Company

The spelling of names follows "Servia by the Servians," except "Serb."

The author is indebted to some of these books for facts embodied in this little sketch as well as to several persons familiar with Serbia.

She gives warm thanks to Madame Slavko Grouitch, wife of the Serbian Secretary for Foreign affairs, who first interested her in Serbia.

SERBIA: A SKETCH

I. SERBIA: STARTING

Serbia, younger sister of the Nations, has indeed had a younger sister's portion. In her early years she grew up with little guidance from older and wiser members of the family. She did not have the advice that she needed. Perhaps she would not have followed it, though on occasion she has shown more docility than many of the family.

It took her a long time to find herself; she had troubles in her household, and it was her first endeavor to get the factions to unite and let her be the acknowledged head of the house. She believed it was her ultimate destiny to govern them all that this was for their good.

When she had made herself mistress of her own house, she tried to stand alone to be independent of her neighbors. She had no wish to dominate them. She did not try to aggrandize herself at their expense, nor did she take up weapons against them. But she wished them to acknowledge her head of her own household, just as those within her house had done. She even was willing to be called a Princess providing she governed her household well. But almost hidden from the rest of Europe by her mountains, kept by barriers from easy access to the rest of the world, the other Nations paid little attention to her. She grew up almost unnoticed by the world proud and strong, simple in her tastes, pious in her own way (for her church was not the church of most of her neighbors), and thoughtful, if ill educated.

She was not bookish in those early days; she was too indifferent, perhaps, to letters. Had she kept a journal, we could now embroider her story with more brilliant threads... Continue reading book >>




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