by Luis G. Dato

Why should the world deprive me of the right
To hear your voice, your dear face to behold,
Within my arms your fair form to enfold,
Who are the light, the cause of my delight?
What law of Nature or of God to cite.
What prohibition to our passion told,
Held in high honor as the ages rolled,
Controlling boundless love’s upsurge of might?

If there be such, why then who made your fair,
Is Beauty then deceit to seeing eyes,
Did God create such beauty everywhere
The heart of mortals only to entice?
Was Eve created as God’s cruel snare,
Who placed elsewhere terrestrial Paradise?

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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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