a governor without power*

fundação macau ©papa osmubal

fundação macau ©papa osmubal

a governor without power*

manuel barbosa du bocage, 1790

A governor without power, likewise a Bishop,
A covy of virtuous monks,
Mestizos and Chinese Christians, who work very badly.
Many poor, many vile women,
A hundred Portuguese, all corralled together;
Six forts, a hundred soliders, one drum,
Three parish churches simply adorned,
A Vicar-General without hopes of promotion,
Two colleges, one of them a disgrace,
A senate that is all powerful,
This is Portugal in Macau.

* real title and the translator(s) to this poem are not yet available, and have to be researched. (– papa osmubal)


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