” The most interesting object to be seen in Macao is the Cave of Camoens, the author of the ‘* Lusiad.” This cave is situated within the pleasure-ground attached to the residence of a Portuguese gentleman, (1) who was most courteous and polite in conducting me through the walks of his beautiful-arranged garden and groves, where  flourish in perfection the finest trees of various descrptions. I have seen ill-natured observations, relative to this gentleman´s ostentation, but I must  say that they were perfectly unfounded. When I extolled his grounds, the taste and care with which they were laid out, and the beautiful prospect witnessed from the poet’s  seemed inclined to depreciate everything, and attributed my commendation to good breeding. It is very possible, that the person who wrote or dictated the remarques I alude to, may be the same individual who was handed ever to the police for impertinente intrusion, and insults offered to the ladies  of this gentleman´s family.
The owner of the grounds ins noted throughout Macao for his politeness and hospitality.
The cave is situate at the top of a rock, over which is is placed the bust of Camoens.
On the walls are inscribed some of his choicest lines in the original, to which s alson added a Chineses translation. Some of of these are descriptive of the boundless sea-view, lying beneath; and I was a loss, whether most to admire the truthfulness of the description, or the sublimity of the prospect.” (2)

077 Gruta de Camões c. 1910A Gruta de Camões c. 1910

 (1) Comendador Lourenço Marques. Ver anteriores referências em:
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(2) Artigo escrito em 1846, “China and the Chinese” (Capítulo I – Descrição de Macau, suas igrejas e edifícios público, gruta de Camões e cemitério inglês) publicado no «Dublin University Magazine», 1848.
The Dublin University Magazine” foi um “magazine” literário/cultural/político (iniciou-se como publicação política mas com os anos, tornou-se mais literário), independente que se publicou em Dublin de 1833 a 1882.