TO JESUS CRUCIFIED

(Sonnet attributed to St. Francis Xavier)

by Luis G. Dato

It does not move me, Lord, Thyself to love,
This after Heaven thou has promised me,
Nor fires of Hell that burn eternally,
To cease offending thee my spirit move.
Thou movest me, it moves me to behold
Thee bloody, hanging, nailed upon the Cross,
Thy body moves me pierced with wounds and woes,
Thy death, thy enemies’ affronts so bold.

In short, these move me in such manner, Lord,
That if no Heaven were, I’d love thee still;
Were there no Hell I still would fear thy word;
Thou needst not give, love in me to instill,
For thought what I await I would not get,
O Lord, as I loved thee, I’d love Thee yet!

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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