Two photographs taken in 1899, which feature many inscriptions on plaques of the 1887 Emmaville temple.
Britain Album, private collection
TRANSCRIPTIONS AND TRANSLATIONS
1. Centre of the fascia board
Eternal Life Be Thine/Yours
2a, 2b, 2c. Above-door plaque
House(s) of Saints
House(s) of Holy Ones
Respectfully given by Thy/Your favoured follower Lee … on an auspicious day in the last Winter month of the twelfth year of Kuang Hsü Era.
Respectfully written by Lai … of Shun Tak.
3. Horizontal ceiling plaque visible immediately within the doorway in the photograph of the façade
… Providence to All Living Things
4a, 4b, 5a, 5b. Door-side couplet boards (right then left)
Spread wide Your kindness and benevolence, O Holy Ones, that we may delight in Your propitious providence;
Bathe in Your sea of virtue all living things, and they will revere Your nurturing grace.
Respectfully given by Thy/Your favoured followers Lee Jack … and Hop Kee on an auspicious day in the last Winter month of the twelfth year of the Kuang Hsü Era, which is the sexagenary year IIIxi.
6a, 6b, 6c, 7. Column couplet and associated text (right column visible in interior photograph and left column visible through doorway in the photograph of the façade)
… give universal succour, that all living things may delight;
…, that the earth be ever sheltered.
Respectfully written by devotee Mo Tsan Fan,
… on an auspicious day in the last Winter month …
8. Lower couplet line at left
Godly providence manifest, fragrant incense aglow, an atmosphere of harmony and good promise reach to the height of this far-flung sky.
9a, 9b. Upper horizontal plaque
… the Sea Countries.
10. Lower horizontal plaque
… Protect the People.
11. Lantern to the right of front column
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