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Alvares, Manuel, 1526-1583, et al. / Ethiopia Minor and a geographical account of the Province of Sierra Leone : (c. 1615)

Annual report for 1613: for the provincial of the Society of Jesus,   pp. [unnumbered]-19


For the Provincial of the Society of Jesus
Your Reverence asks me for a copy of the 1612 annual report.
But who will write the 1613 report for me? That I may give complete
satisfaction, I will collect from the meadow of these churches those of
the principal flowers whicl are most fragrant and varied, in order to
make a bouquet, which I will offer in this report, as on a dish, to
Your Reverence.
As regards the building of the holy temple of the Evangelist,
further to what I said in the(a)last report there is much more to write
to Your Reverence today, for the divine eagle has taken and is taking so
much prey. The activity is the better because it is taking place latterly,
when it is normal to correct the mistakes of the earlier work. King
Farma set aside a large amount of wealth in order to achieve the
fulfilment of his desire. In this matter he seeks his desire with
words and with tokens, by giving me his sons to bathe in the holy waters
of baptism, and by showing me, indeed convincing me, with a forceful
argument of words and deeds, that I could not prevail against him or
emerge victor in the contest. Would that the savage did not put forward
demands for my agreement! To one very forcible demand I replied that
(a) Rachel had two sons; the first Joseph, that Saviour of Egypt,
Genesis 44; the second Benjamin, or Benomi, "filius doloris",
"son of sorrow", because she gave birth to him in pain. Jacob called
him the son ofis right hand, that is, Benjamin; the mother called
him the son of pain. The Holy Virgin is this beautiful Rachel.
Joseph is "Christus Dominus" "Christ the Lord", sold
argentis" "for thirty pieces of silver".   Benomi is the Evangelist,
son of pain, begotten "in monte Calvario" "on Calvary Hill":
ecce filius tuus" "Mother, behold your son", etc.


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