by Luis G. Dato

The church bells ring, we must our prayers say,
And go to mass to cleanse our thoughts impure,
Awake and dress, implore Him for a cure,
The magic sign that Satan keeps away.
Let us with God auspicious ope the day,
In His pure temple our frail souls immure,
For in the world alone His truth is sure,
The flock must from the Shepherd-king not stray.

But take with you unto His altar my
Importuning so pitiful and vain,
Ask Him, “Must I turn deaf ears to his sigh,
Who comes rebuffed yet still returns again?”
Perhaps He might reveal the how and why,
Like Magdalene, His portals we might gain!

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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