Francisco Balagtas

[The Shakespeare of The Philippines, Prince of Tagalog Poets] (2 April 1788 – 20 February 1862 / Barrio Panginay)

Francisco Balagtas Quotes

To Celia

If I recall and read again
those days in love’s long-faded script,
would there be not a mark or trace
but Celia’s, imprinted on my breast?

The Celia whom I’ve always
feared might forget our love,
who took me down these hapless depths,
the only reason for this turn of fate.

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