by Luis G. Dato

My love is deep, O deeper than the sea
Whose mystery will wash upon your shore,
Its breakers burst on your heart evermore,
Until they rest in you eternally.
My sea in poignant, wandering reverie
Shall see your everglades with boughs grown hoar
And rustic through the yesterdays of yore,
My love is deep, it cannot fathomed be.

Oh I shall reach you where the billows beat
Upon warm rocks and forests green to leap
With shimmering spume and jubilant, swift feet,
The cliffs forbidding sweep, the chasms steep
With surging spray, tumultuous music sweet,
To join your heart symphonious from the deep.

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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