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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Ga’ma (g hard).
Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese, was the first European navigator who doubled the Cape of Good Hope.   1
“With such mad seas the daring Gama fought …
Incessant labouring round the stormy Cape.”
Thomson: Summer.
   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.   2
“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.



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