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gave being to his illustrious son. The future poet was sent to the university of Coimbra—then at the height of its fame,—"and maintained there by the provident care of his surviving parent.”
“Love,” says Lord Strangford, “is very nearly allied to devotion, and it was in the exercise of the latter, that Camoëns was introduced to the knowledge of the former. In the Church of Christ's Wounds at Lisbon, on 11th April, 1542, Camoëns first beheld Doña Caterina de Atayde, the object of his purest and earliest attachment . .. and it was not long before Camoëns enjoyed an opportunity of declaring his affection, with all the romantic ardour of eighteen and of a poet.” The peculiar situation of the lady, as one of the maids of honour to the queen, imposed a restraint upon her admirer which soon became intolerable ; and he, for having violated the sanctity of the royal precincts, was in consequence banished from the court. Whatever may have been the nature of his offence, “it furnished a pretext to the young lady's relations for terminating an intercourse which worldly considerations rendered highly imprudent."
But Love consoled his votary : his mistress, on the morning of his departure, confessed the secret of her longconcealed affection, and the sighs of grief were soon lost in those of mutual delight. The hour of parting was, perhaps, the sweetest of our poet's existence.
Camoëns removed to Santarem, but speedily returned to Lisbon, was a second time detected, and again driven into exile.*
The voice of Love inspired our poet “with the glorious resolution of conquering the obstacles which fortune had
* The laws of Portugal were peculiarly severe against those who carried on a love-intrigue within the palace: they punished the offence with death. Joam I. suffered one of his favourites to be burnt alive for it. Ed.
THE DISCOVERY OF INDIA.
AN EPIC POEM.
TRANSLATED FROM THE PORTUGUESE OF LUIS DE CAMOENS.
WITH A LIFE OF THE POET.
BY WILLIAM JULIUS MICKLE.
FIFTH EDITION, REVISED,
By E. RICHMOND HODGES, M.C.P., Mini
HON. LIBRARIAN TO THE SOCIETY OF BIBLICAL ARCHApglT
LONDON: GEORGE BELL AND SONS, YORK STREET,