(g hard). Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese, was the first
European navigator who doubled the Cape of Good Hope.
With such mad seas the daring Gama fought ...
Incessant labouring round the stormy Cape.
Vasco da Gama. The hero of Camoëns' Lusiad. He is represented
as sagacious, intrepid, tender-hearted, pious, fond of his country,
and holding his temper in full command. He is also the hero of
Meyerbeer's posthumous opera, L' Africaine.
Gama, captain of the venturous band,
Of bold emprise, and born for high command,
Whose martial fires, with prudence close allied,
Ensured the smiles of fortune on his side.
Camoëns: Lusiad, bk. i.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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