Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes. Asia: Vols. XXIXXIII. 187679.
Chinese Empire: Mecon, the River
The River Mecon
Luís de Camões (c. 15241580)
(From The Lusiad) Translated by W. J. Mickle
Don Constantine de Braganza was now viceroy of India, and Camões, desirous to return to Goa, resigned his charge. In a ship freighted by himself he set sail, but was shipwrecked in the gulf near the month of the river Mecon, in Cochin-China. All he had acquired was lost in the waves: his poems, which he held in one hand, while he saved himself with the other, were all he found himself possessed of when he stood friendless on the unknown shore.