by Luis G. Dato

To me God gave you as my destiny,
The end, the essence, substance of my life,
Your fate it is to be my bride, my wife,
As to the setting sun the twilight sea.
And you shall come with me in days to be,
My harbor, comfort in the mundane strife,
Against life tragic, with injustice rife,
And in your arms griefs fade from memory.

The world can alter not, rewrite His will,
As well the sea command to leave the shore,
Or we evade His judgments to fulfill,
Praise be to Him and glory evermore,
Yet, mystery! dark doubt enshrouds you still,
And you in vain, tormented, I implore.

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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