by Luis G. Dato

When in the rush for fortune and for fame,
For man’s applause that will not long abide,
I stifle soul and conscience lay aside,
The better thus to fight unarmed with shame;
When to the refuge of your shrine I came,
Distempered still with still distempered pride,
Still vowed against humility for guide,
Unwilling God my pagan soul should tame.

The calmness of your sufferance inures
From storm where others more subdued rebel,
The mien serene, the meekness that is yours
Averted fall where others stronger fell.
For your large soul that suffers and endures,
Has opened Heaven, closed the gates of Hell..

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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