by Luis G. Dato

This early mass we shall be married, dear,
I kneel for the offertory,
I will for you as you kneel down with me,
Our love to God’s bright altar bring so near.
And God our sacred vows exchanged shall bear
And bind with bonds more fast than bonds can be.
In mystic ritual of matrimony,
As though Himself to us God did appear.

O doubt not nor think lightly of this vow,
To Him and to the world our hearts are one,
I take your hand in mine and kiss your brow
And your lips warm for past woes to atone,
And with this kiss that you will yield me now,
My soul, my being, would to you have flown.

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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