To Burgos, Gomez and Zamora

(From Rizal’s Dedication)

by Luis G. Dato

A time was there when in the cruel throes
Of unborn Right a nation’s blood was shed.
Times of travail when, threatening and dread.
The gallows shouted “Death!” at once to those
Who from a trodden native clergy rose.
Forever by some higher vision led,
Of mundane malediction unafraid.
They dared the menace of unnumbered foes.
Such were you all, you found the crimson aisles
Of Death, and down the lanes of shadow trod.
With coolness passed the shining Spanish files,
Fast tears and torture, onward to your God.
In peace repose, for he whose word reviles
Your dear remembrance stains his hands with blood!

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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