by Luis G. Dato

Alas that life should be a dream
Compared to the unending sun!
Rose throbbing o’er the flowing stream
Today, tomorrow senseless ground!

Alas that we cannot but stay
Only as comes the ocean wind,
A sigh we hear above the Way
And wound no love of earth can bind.

Yet take us of our day its hour,
With soul annul its brevity.
Live briefly as the fading flower
And bear its deathless memory.

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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