CHRIST OF THE ANDES

by Luis Dato

O Christ! it cannot that You will stand
With hand uplifted to a warring world
Fore’er unheeding, battle flags unfurled
In ceaseless combat deaf to Your command.
It cannot be that with Your Cross in hand
The armies to Your plea have challenged hurled.,
And angry ocean’s maelstrom was has curled
To emnity unto the outmost land.

It cannot be, it cannot be. What dream
More potent than Your light of Galilee,
What cannon melted, and what granite seem
Yet more compulsive ever land and sea?
Is man’s will then to Your own will supreme,
Must finity impugn Infinity?

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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