by Luis G. Dato

Like Magdalene, that lovely, mundane heart
who sinned, yet in her sinful heart had room,
In all her sin and orgy worth her doom,
For Jesus from whose feet she did not part.
To her, a sinner, love was not an art
Nor artifice to fawn on Jesus whom
She loved in truth in the surrounding gloom,
Where Cupid ruthless slays with practiced dart.

But Magdalene a magic armor wore
And from her fall unto new life revived,
Repentant and contrite her heart she bore
To Jesus, Master sweet, and so she lived.
Even will you, O goddess I adore,
So brown, by kindly Jesus be reprieved!

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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