Francisco Balagtas

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

Quotations

Florante’s Lament

Vengeful Heaven, where is your wrath?
now my land is overcome, prostrate,
and in beloved Albania’s infinite skies,
lately the flag of evil flies.

“Within and without my country of grief,
betrayal reigns, is enshrined, esteemed;
degraded everywhere, the heart’s goodness
is consigned to the lowly pauper’s grave.

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