By Luis G. Dato

Plebian Sire, who Freedom’s bolo drew,
Whose cry to battle death to tyrant’s told,
Whose hero soul can still our conscience hold
With the same power that Tondo’s rebels knew.
Who rose compelling high among the few
Unerring prophets of a vision bold,
Whose arms a nation seized from hands grown cold,
And, pressing onward, with them smote and slew.
Balintawak was like a bugle call
To arms against the proud Iberian throne,
The heart was you, the soul Jose Rizal,
The vision his, the dauntless sword your own,
For in you lodged the thunder of Taal,
And the ensconced, bright lightning of Mayon.

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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