by Luis G. Dato

Upon the alleys of the life I led,
No Cross weighed body down,
No Pilate brought upon my head
A briar crown.

The terror of some unlit Golgotha
Loomed not for my alarm,
Inhostile crowds my sorrow saw,
Nor wished me harm.

From out the shadow of men’s sacrilege,
No lashes drew a groan,
Against my sides no lance’s edge
Prodded me on.

Forgive me, Lord, that in my night,
I should be cruel, vain,
For I was Life, but you were Light
And knew no pain.

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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