By Luis G. Dato

Up north beside Lepanto wild and far,
By high Kabakan’s slopes a trail zigzags
Its way across a wilderness and drags
A weight of stones and memories of war.

No forest creeping out shall hide of war
The savage charm of Tirad’s blood-stained crags
O’er which were hoisted once the battle-flags,
By bullets torn, of valiant del Pilar.

Like Leonidas, was the young hero then,
Undaunted by a swift, advancing foe,
Arousing flame in his embattled men,
For country soon in death they would lie low,
While down below, in war-stirred Lingayen,
A maiden knelt in prayer in her woe.

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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