The Great Languages

In this day and age, there is a bountiful number of great languages, each with its own rich history and tradition. Included among them are the so-called ‘dead languages’ – a nomenclature I dispute, because at least two of them are considered to be ‘classical’ right until now and can only be ignored at our peril.

Consider then the following poetic paean that I – as an ardent Anglophile, who is committed to philology and linguistics – wrote as part of a collection of “Original Poems and Verses” 50 years ago.

Latin with Law and Empire
one can identify;
Greek with Knowledge entire,
and Sanskrit, Philosophy:
Hebrew and Arabic
rhyme with Religion,
Persian with Poetry
and Chinese, Wisdom.

French goes with Logic
and with Reason,
Russian knows Economic
Spanish led par excellence
with Exploration,
Italian with the Renaissance
and German, the Reformation.

But English in most people’s opinion
Is the language of Freedom and Union.

Copyright © Azim Lewis Mayadas 2015

7 thoughts on “The Great Languages

    1. I’m glad you liked it. I’ve collected six months of my writings as “Azim Lewis Mayadas Blog [January – June 2015]: some of my thoughts, written down – vol. 1” with Dark Green Cover that is now available via Amazon at a modest price.
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