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Adventures of a Portuguese Poet

Wild-hearted Luis Vaz de Camoes’ years abroad are not well-known, but that hasn’t lessened his legend

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But perhaps he would not even have cared, judging from this line of his most famous work:

"O Glory of Commanding! O vain thirst / Of that same empty nothing, we call fame!"

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