Portrait of the Kangxi Emperor in Court Dress

LX.  Jesuits.

Ezra Pound The Cantos New York: New Directions, 1998. 256


Kang Hsi who reigned from 1662 to 1723 had the Jesuits at his court, de Mailla among them, busy translating and exchanging the science and technology and the intelligence that each had to offer the other. The Jesuits’ astronomy was welcomed – ‘(Galileo’s, an heretic’s)’ – and their founding of cannon, ‘which have served us in civil wars’, and their mathematics and science; as missionaries, however, they were not to build churches nor to convert any Chinese. The emperor was all for the advancement of learning, but was careful at the same time to safeguard China’s own traditions and culture.

David Moody, Ezra Pound: Poet II: 282.


CANTO LVIII [Jesuits in  Chinese-European relations during the Ming dynasty: Matteo Ricci]

CANTO LIX [Jesuits in Chinese-European relations during the Qing dynasty: Alexandre de Lacharme, Johann Adam Schall, Tomás Pereira, and François Gerbillon]


A Draft of XXX Cantos

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Eleven New Cantos

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