"Kostis Palamas once wrote a poem called "Song of the Seven Islands", which was translated by Ian Scot-Kilvert and quoted by Arthur Foss at the beginning of The Ionian Islands. I've always liked it:
"Song of the Seven Islands"
"Your waters dazzle like a floor of diamonds
Westward your tides
Grope and caress the shores of Italy.
In a circumference of blue the seven islands
Foam-chiselled, rise, dissolve,
Join hands and dance upon the waves.
Zakynthos drowned in flowers
Cephalonia seamed with toil
Kythera and Paxoi
Corfu the enchantress of the mind and heart
Ithaka a mariner's ryhme in stone
Levkas the watch-tower of the Armatoli.
From the Ionian shore
From the Ionian seaSince Homer, since Solomos,
The poet's song, the statesman's art
Haunted these islands like sea-birds......................."