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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII.  1876–79.
 
Introductory to Japan
Japan
Luís de Camões (c. 1524–1580)
 
(From The Lusiad)
Translated by W. J. Mickle

THESE shores forsake, to future ages due:
A world of islands claims thy happier view,
Where lavish Nature all her bounty pours,
And flowers and fruits of every fragrance showers.
Japan behold; beneath the globe’s broad face        5
Northward she sinks, the nether seas embrace
Her eastern bounds; what glorious fruitage there,
Illustrious Gama, shall thy labors bear!
How bright a silver mine! when heaven’s own lore
From Pagan dross shall purify her ore.        10
 
 
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