Dr. José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda (June 19, 1861 – December 30, 1896, Bagumbayan), was a Filipino polymath, nationalist and the most prominent advocate for reforms in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era. He is considered a national hero of the Philippines, and the anniversary of Rizal's death is commemorated as a Philippine holiday called Rizal Day. Rizal's 1896 ... more »
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Jose Rizal Poems
The Last Poem Of Rizal
Farewell, my adored Land, region of the sun caressed, Pearl of the Orient Sea, our Eden lost,
To The Philippines
Warm and beautiful like a houri of yore, as gracious and as pure as the break of dawn when darling clouds take on a sapphire tone,
A Poem That Has No Title
To my Creator I sing Who did soothe me in my great loss; To the Merciful and Kind Who in my troubles gave me repose.
Beside a spacious beach of fine and delicate sand and at the foot of a mountain greener than a leaf,
Goodbye To Leonor
And so it has arrived -- the fatal instant, the dismal injunction of my cruel fate; so it has come at last -- the moment, the date,
To The Philippine Youth
Hold high the brow serene, O youth, where now you stand; Let the bright sheen Of your grace be seen,
Why falls so rich a spray of fragrance from the bowers of the balmy flowers
Memories Of My Town
When I recall the days That saw my childhood of yore Beside the verdant shore Of a murmuring lagoon;
Our Mother Tongue
IF truly a people dearly love The tongue to them by Heaven sent, They'll surely yearn for liberty Like a bird above in the firmament.
Education Gives Luster To Motherland
Wise education, vital breath Inspires an enchanting virtue; She puts the Country in the lofty seat
My Last Thought
Land I adore, farewell! thou land of the southern sun's choosing! Pearl of the Orient seas! our forfeited Garden of Eden!
To The Virgin Mary
Mary, sweet peace and dearest consolation of suffering mortal: you are the fount whence springs the current of solicitude that brings
Why have you come to earth, Child-God, in a poor manger? Does Fortune find you a stranger
Song Of The Wanderer
Dry leaf that flies at random till it's seized by a wind from above: so lives on earth the wanderer,
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The Last Poem Of Rizal
Farewell, my adored Land, region of the sun caressed,
Pearl of the Orient Sea, our Eden lost,
With gladness I give you my Life, sad and repressed;
And were it more brilliant, more fresh and at its best,
I would still give it to you for your welfare at most.
On the fields of battle, in the fury of fight,
Others give you their lives without pain or hesitancy,
The place does not matter: cypress laurel, lily white,
Scaffold, open field, conflict or martyrdom's site,
It is the same if asked by home and Country.
I die as I see tints on the sky b'gin to ...