by Luis G. Dato

Peñafrancia, Peñafrancia,
By the river stands thy shrine
Sanctuary and temple radiant
Showering thy grace divine.

Peñafrancia , dear dark lady,
Far-famed Bikol Patroness,
Ever every home and hamlet
Of the Bikol region bless.

Great thy name in song and story
As the centuries unroll,
Refuge in the night unfailing,
Haven to the weary soul.

Thou through all the ages symbol
Of our firm, unflagging faith,
Thou the pledge of our salvation
In our pilgrimage through death.

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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