OF THE FIRST CANTO.
The Portugueze navigate the Eastern Seas: The Gods hold their Council: Bacchus opposeth himself to this navigation: Venus and Mars favour the navigators: They arrive at Mozambíque, the Governor whereof attempteth to destroy them: Encounter and first military Action of our People with the Gentiles: They weigh anchor; and, passing Quiloa, they ride in the roadstead of Mombasah.
Fazem Concilio os deoscs na alta Côrte,
Oppoem-se Baccho á Lusitana gente,
Favorece-a Venus, e Mavorte,
E em Moçambique lança o ferreo dente:
Depois de aqui mostrar ssu brço forte,
Destruindo, e matando juntamente,
Torna as partes buscar da roxa Aurora,
E chegando a Mombaça surge fora.
The Gods hold council Heaven's high court within,(20—41)
|Bacchus our Lusian braves to thwart doth seek
Who meed of Mars, and grace of Venus gain,
Till cast the ferreous tooth in Mozambíque:
|Thence, when their arm of pow'r display'd had been,
Death and destruction on the foe to wreak;
Fareth the fleet where red Aurora bideth;
And, reach'd Mombasah-town, outside it rideth.(103)