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His Majefty asked Father leronimo Xauier, Superior of the Mission, to allow Father Manoel Pinheiro, who resided at Lahor, to accompany the Mission, to which he readily assented; and the Father set forth with the ambassador on the I3th September, 4 The Fathers passed their days as peacefully as though they lived in some secluded college, devoting themselves to their spiritual Studies and the performance of their religious exer- cises, and celebrating with the other Christians the times and feaSts of the Church.
First Voyage Around the World As the business on which he had been dispatched was very urgent, he continued his journey by land through the country of the Moors, travelling sometimes in a litter and sometimes on foot, and encountering many difficulties owing to the rivers which had to be crossed, and the mountains over which he 84 AN EMBASSY TO GOA had to pass. To this we reply that whatever it may have been that gave rise to this ftory, it was not the real moon, which could not dislodge itself and fall from the heavens, but that it was a delusion and a trick by means of which Mafamede sought to impose on the world.
It has been necessary, there- fore, to complete hahangir ftory from another source, and this has been done by the addition of a chapter from the Decada of Bocarro. Nor is this very Strange. To tue his degradation complete, he deprived him of his titles and his right to wnd to the throne, transferring these to his second son.
Fortunately the damage is moftly to the margins of the pages ; but here and there a word, or even a whole line of the text has been obliterated. The sons he continued to keep as prisoners. Thus, five jahangig six ftrangers who had come from Chriftian countries, and had been seized hahangir held as captives by the Moors, were suc- coured by the Fathers, who obtained their liberation and sent them back to their homes. In reply to his remarks, one of the Fathers said that to overcome the difficulty of which he spoke, all that a man had to do was to embrace the law of ChriSt ; for God would thereupon endow him jahagnir such grace that what before seemed difficult to him would be made easy.
One of these had been a great Jesuist uhder this, as well as under the late King, whom he had served in many important offices.
He allowed the two young Cafres, who, as already mentioned, had been delivered to him, to remain with the Fathers and the Ad, and also four pipers who had been sent from Goa. He greeted them after his usual manner by placing his hands on their shoulders, and enquired very kindly after their welfare. Now this man thought that either the King would remit the fine or that the Goru would himself provide, or tbe any rate find some means of raising, the sum required.
Added to this, their control of the seas, which they exercised with relentless severity, was regarded with deep and widespread resentment. On being informed of his arrival, he withdrew into the house, perchance to give way, like Joseph, to the natural feelings of jaangir father.
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He was also well versed in all branches of hiftory, 1 When the Father had concluded his arguments, the Reader, who was present on the occasion, said, ” Sire, the versions of the Gospels, the Psalms, and the Books of Jesuist which the Chriftians possess are all corrupt. The original work, which until this edition was published inhad never been reprinted.
Nevertheless, observes Father Xavier, if the King had not gone himself, the Prince would never have been taken, for he was a general favourite with the people, who would gladly have espoused his cause, and many were ready to follow him ; while Jahangir, whose liberality jrsuits fallen short of the promises made at his accession, was far from popular. The same evening the Fathers, ignorant of what had taken place, went to see them.
Such was the inhumanity of the Moors, that they showed no kind of pity for these mutilated viftims of the law. It happened that the firt picture which jaahangir showed them was one of David on his knees before the prophet Nathan, who had jut uttered the words, Dominus tranStulit peccatum tuum a te.
These feaSls were followed by that of Corpus ChriSti, on which occasion znd of the Fathers carried through the Greets the holy Sacrament enclosed in a glazed tabernacle under a canopy.
One of the courtiers, however, continued to urge on those who were beating him, crying, ” Smite him! Such hopes, however, were soon shown to be groundless.
Item s unavailable for purchase. Finally he jewuits over the Prince to one of his Captains with orders that he was to be kept in chains and closely guarded.
How dare you refer to the Fathers when His Majesty gives you an order! These lads through fear said that they were Moors ; but they were really Christians. Are we jjesuits bound to love Him with all our hearts, and to be ready to lay down our lives for Him? He was preceded by an advance guard, who cleared the way before him, allowing none to remain on the road.
Many suggestions, he says, were made as to who should be sent to capture the Prince. The King, on hearing what the children said, tried to make them yield by promises of countless favours to come, and when these proved unavailing, by threats of punishment.
The Englishman presented the letter he had brought, and said that he had come as the ambassador of his King to ask permission for English ships to jabangir at his ports. He was riding between two lines of troops in fine array, and was attended by many great lords.
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It would be difficult to say how greatly he prized this pifture. The reformed calendar came into use in Roman Catholic countries in the year It muSl also be borne in mind that Goes did not keep a diary in order that someone else might describe his jesuite, but that he might describe them himself.
Those who accompanied him gave out that it was his purpose to visit the tomb of his grandfather, and with this excuse he was able to pass safely by the Merinho Mor 8 and all the King’s guards. But for this, the law jdsuits Chrift our Lord provides the remedy of penitence.