by Luis G. Dato

How bright yon star gleams o’er the coco palms,
All other stars of evening to outshine,
Illumining this sorrowful life of mine,
Where love receives not for its pains and alms.
Fair evening in the starlight now becalms,
As profusely the stars to shed now deign
On vales celestial light, soft and benign,
While the winds pause in their nocturnal psalms.

Thus, even as the stars, shine thou for me,
Benignant shedding their perpetual light,
Though realms divide us, e’en the deepest sea,
Like beacon be to lead my steps aright,
A bright and steadfast star that I shall see
Above my way though it be endless night.

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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