CHRISTMAS, 1952

By Luis G. Dato

O frosty stars of Christmas night,
Like candles in the sky they glow
And shed their never-changing light
As of two thousand years ago.

Two thousand years, two thousand years,
What ghastly greed, what bloody wars!
A heartless world of somber tears
Under the never-changing stars.

This Christmas night at them I peep
To see if still above the skies,
Upon a world where men must weep
They light their dreams to Paradise.

Ever they shine through rain and mist,
As merry bells of Christmas chime,
To light coy maidens to their tryst
And the delights of Christmas time.

O Christmas stars of frosty light,
You’ll shine from now two thousand years,
And light a world’s ne’er-changing night
Through somber wars to staunch its tears.

Luis Dato
Luis Dato

Luis G. Dato (July 4, 1906 - January 29, 1985) was a poet, writer and educator from Sta. Cruz, Baao, Camarines Sur. He published books in English including Manila A Collection of verse (1926), My Book of Verses (1936) and the Land of Mai in 1975. He also wrote several books and text in Bikol such as, Vocabulario Bikol-Ingles-Kastila (1963), Cantahon na Bikol (1969), Morfologia kan Tataramon na Bikol (serialized in Naga Times), Patotodon sa Bikol (Bikol Mail) and Sarabihon sa Bikol.

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