by Luis G. Dato

And we now live our lives in fear,
And faced with lethal weapons, Man
May see life here no more appear,
His future with misgivings scan.

Today we need you, Alice so
That Peace its aegis may restore,
And plenty smile, her blessings show,
And war and horror come no more.

And so, O sweet princess, this crown
Tonight upon your brow we give,
And praise as well, and fair renown,
The night will pass, may you long live!

Paloyon, Nabua, Camarines Sur

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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