Forgotten Songs

By Luis Dato

The songs I sang in childhood
When I from care was free,
Again I hear in moments
Entwined in memory.

And with the songs of childhood,
The past returns once more,
Again I am as yesterday,
A child by summer’s shore.

God grant that in my passing,
I end where I begun,
And hear the songs of childhood
Come with the set of sun.

— Philippine Magazine, January 1937

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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