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The Portuguese sail the seas, or the Lusiads revisited

In 1952, a new translation by William C. Atkinson of Luis Vaz de Camoens'The LUSIADS appeared in the Penguin Classics Series. Atkinson was Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Glasgow from 1932 to 1972. For anybody who hasn't read Camoens' epic poem, this English version in prose is a must. The section of Atkinson’s Introduction, titled The Theme, is a marvellous mise-en-bouche, as our gourmet friends would say, before going out to find your own copy in one of the many well-stocked new- or second-hand bookshops in Lisbon or Porto.

Attached is a word-for-word transcription of The Theme.