by Luis G. Dato

Blushing with youthfulness, again my muse,
After long absence turns to me her smiles,
Her hair unbinding, beckons and beguiles,
To the soul’s dream and lyre in long disuse;
And as she comes my waking soul imbues
With dream the dawn; the hour of fancy whiles
Me to a fairyland — I roam its isles
And glades which flowers day-long with scent suffuse;

As though when night’s last shadow lingering lies,
And fair Aurora’s light at dawn she brings,
One wonders with a half-awakened eye,
O’er slumbering vales, and then, unthought there springs
From the low earth a wakening outcry,
And all the air is silver with white wings.

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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