É SER NOBRE E VALENTE,
É AMAR ESTE CANTINHO
QUE SE APERTA NUMA MÃO.
É SENTIR CONSTANTEMENTE
PORTUGUAL TODO INTEIRINHO,
CÁ DENTRO DO CORAÇÃO
MANY OF US BORN IN AMERICA HAD OUR LOVE FOR OUR PORTUGUESE "ROOTS", STRENGTHENED BY THAT LOVE EXPRESSED BY OUR PARENTS FOR THEIR BIRTHPLACE, PORTUGAL.
A MOTHER TAUGHT HER CHILD THIS POEM MANY YEARS AGO: (C.E.)
I found this poem in my old papers. It was given to me by Cecilia (Cardoza) Emilio, who was the author of Azorean Folk Customs, with the above note.
The book was the result of Cecilia’s research at the Portuguese Historical Center Library and a trip that I was able to secure for her to attend a summer session at the University of the Azores, on culture, history and customs of the Azores.
The book has been reprinted and is available from the PHC, San Diego. www.sandiegophc.org.