Verses

MERRY CHRISTMAS! by Luis Dato
POEM

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

By Luis G. Dato The Christmas season, it is here The gladsomest of all the year. Two thousand years or so this morn To Virgin Mary Christ was born. Long, long ago, in Bethlehem, In a low manger lay the Gem, A Babe whose light the world would see, Whose star snuffed out in Calvary, Would nonetheless resourge to life, The Prince of Peace to, men at strife, The God made Man, the Prophets’ dream, That from his sins man would redeem; Hence the rejoicing at His birth Of all the nations of the earth; The shepherds sang their songs…

the instant lyre by Luis Dato
ARTICLE

The Instant Lyre Manuscript

The Instant Lyre is an unpublished manuscript by Luis G. Dato (1906-1985). Based on the manuscript, the book is the Volume I of the Instant Lyre. The second Volume, was split in to two books, namely Sonnets to the Brown Goddess and Pro Deo. The Instant Lyre is a collection of around 200 works of poems and sonnets which spans 50 years, from the 1920s to the 1970s. The pagination and sequence are based on the original manuscript. The book has an introduction by Leopoldo Y. Yabes in 1975. The Instant Lyre — FOREWORD Written over a period of around…

XXXI
SONNET

XXXI

by Luis G. Dato The glory then of loving pratest thou, Although the love be vain? Thus others, yet Not so the heart that wills not to forget, And they who speak, of love’s woe do they know? For rather that a life had died, since thus It dies but once, than that a love should die; For see, wan not for this that e’en the sky Darkens for vain love of the sun, and us? For rather that man ne’er know living than That the fair set at naught his love for her; From voiceless Time, fate willed that…

LXVII
SONNET

LXVII

by Luis G. Dato Ah, make more bearable my hapless plight, Give me one smile, of love one furtive glance, And in jam sessions just one transient dance To make less dark the all-pervading night, Into which I am plunged with not a light, Without one word from you hope to enhance, Or some slight token to let fall perchance For one so long deprived of your dear sight. Why have I met you, now I ask my fate, Since meeting you has brought eternal woe? Why was I born at all but to await Your love in vain but…

TO A LADY HID BEHIND COSMOS FLOWERS
SONNET

TO A LADY HID BEHIND COSMOS FLOWERS

by Luis G. Dato Lady by yonder window grilled and barred, Your face by cosmos flowers fully hidden, The more my morning’s heaven because forbidden More sought since worlds for such as you have warred; Your mystery the clustering flowers guard, And I to wild conjecturing am bidden, With many ghosts and wraiths my heart is chidden, That stand betwixt my dreams and their reward. I wish for wings to pass the insolent grills, And power to subdue your fragrant bars, To snatch you to the valleys and the hills That wait beneath the fair familiar stars, Below your window…

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