by Luis G. Dato

Often I strolled a fairyland which hours
With books of rhyme have summoned to my mind,
Often I roamed the region unconfined
Of dreams and wandered its strange woods bowers,
‘Mid hills I strayed where the mountain-flowers,
And found my Muse in pathways round Mayon,
Mayon which rising in a regal cone,
Scorns the base earth, against the heavens towers.

Often I dreamed of fairy hills with sighs,
Since youthful fancy vainly sought its rose,
I saw so early only to despise
The Beauty seen for Beauty no one knows,
Till once, your luminous, dark-asking eyes,
Lured all my wild phantasy in sweet surprise.

Gwen Lovino

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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