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fcow look, and it is your alliance we desire to obtain."
The vicissitudes of nations are melancholy records ; and I was often oppressed with sadness when, in the fetched and ignoble races, many of which still illustrious names, I looked upon the descendants of those who accompanied the Albuquerques, tks Da Gamas, the De Castros,* and the Pachecos, ail(l other heroes of epic song, in their days of triumph,adays in which
From Western Lusitania passing o'er, Through distant oceans never crossed before, They left behind them Taprobana's shore, And Jn remotest regions kingdoms founded, Thro' which the glories of their names resounded.f
There is, indeed, something pathetic in the appeal by Camoens to the King of Portugal, in which e seems almost to anticipate the downfall of Portugese influence and authority in the East, and prays s Sovereign never to allow the admiring Germans, Italians, or
English, to say-That Portuguese were made, not to command, Nor to enforce obedienceabut obey. X
* Albuquerque terribil, Castro forte,
E outros em quem poder no teve a morte.
Lus.y can. i., xiv.
t Da occidental praia Lusitana
Por mares nunca de antes navegados, Passaram amda alem da Taprobana,.... Entre gente remota edificaram Novo reino que tail to sublimaram.
Lus., can. i., i.
Fazei, Senhor, que nunca os admirados Alemas, Gallos, Italos, e Inglezes, Possam dizer que sao para mandados, Mais que para mandar, os Portuguezes.
Lus., x., clii.Lus., x., clii.