After the outbreak of World War I the Defence of the Realm Act was
passed by Parliament in 1914. One section of the Act concerned the
hours pubs could sell alcohol, as it was believed that alcohol
consumption would interfere with the war effort. It restricted
opening hours for licensed premises to luncheon (12:00 to 14:40) and
This is an error introduced by the translator. The original Portuguese text says:
Sabei que estais na Índia, onde se estende
Diverso povo, rico e prosperado
De ouro luzente e fina pedraria,
Cheiro suave, ardente especiaria.
A literal translation (mine) would be:
Know that you are in India, where dwell diverse people, rich and prosperous from bright gold ...