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THE EAST AFRICAN
holy faith he brought with him a few companions natives of the country, although they were very few: and while he was in this city, one morning there was found in this port of Coulam a very large piece of timber which had been stranded on the sea-beach, and news of it was immediately brought to the king. He sent many people and elephants to draw it out upon dry land, but they could never move it; and the king himself went in person to it later, and they were unable to draw it out. And as soon as St. Thomas saw them despair of the timber, he went to the king, and said to him: a If I were to draw out this timber would you give me a piece of land upon which to build a church with it, to the praise of our Lord God, Who sent me here.a And the king laughed at him, and said to him: "If you see that with all my power it cannot be dragged out, how do you hope to draw it out.a And Saint Thomas answered him : a To draw it out by the power of God, which is greater.a The king immediately ordered all the land which he asked for this purpose to be given to him. And when it was granted to him, by the grace of the Lord, he went alone to the timber, and tied a cord to it, with which he began to draw it on shore without anyone assisting him. And the timber followed behind him as far as the place where he wished to build the church. The king seeing such a miracle commanded that they should let him do what he pleased with the timber and the land which had been given him ; and that he should be shewn favour, because he held him to be a holy man. But he did not choose to turn Christian, and many people became eon-
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No Sancto dd, ja a tudo offerecido :
Hum dos maos, por fartarse mais depressa,
Com crua langa o peito lhe atravessa.
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Chorou-te toda a terra, que pizaste ;
Mais te (choram as almas, que yestindo Be hiam da saneta Fe que lhe ensinaste.Mais te (choram as almas, que yestindo Be hiam da saneta Fe que lhe ensinaste.