by Luis G. Dato

What do you fear, O love, that you deny
Your heart’s dear Paradise to this your slave,
Why can’t you give that which ‘twere sin to have
Ungiven, and for which all nights I sigh?
Why can’t compassion be your meet reply,
When God His pardon to us mortals gave,
When moonlight’s rays the shimmering ocean lave,
O why remain deaf to my anguished cry?

O waver not my sorrows to efface,
Surrender, dear, without you life is gall,
O let me see the lovelight in your face,
Before Time unrelenting holds us thrall,
O let me hold you in my arms embrace,
And let you drain the nectar of my soul!

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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