Francisco Balagtas

(2 April 1788 – 20 February 1862 / Barrio Panginay)

Florante’s Lament - Poem by Francisco Balagtas

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.

“All manner of good and deed are cast
into the sea of mockery and perturbation,
each good man is treated without respect,
without burial rite entombed.

“But, oh, the cheat, the traitor, the black
of heart, are enthroned in praise,
and for each scoundrel incense is burned,
and offered up in fragrant smoke.

“Betrayal, dishonesty hold high
their heads, and the righteous is timid, bowed,
dismayed, reason itself is on its knees,
fatigued, and to weep is all that’s left for it.

“And each mouth that opens
to speak the truth and right
is quickly stopped and cut
by the arrogant blade of death.

“O traitorous ambition for honor and riches!
O hunger for airy and fleeting praise!
You are the reason for all this sinfulness,
this misfortune that has befallen me.

“By the crown of King Linceaeus
and the riches of my father, the duke,
Count Adolfo was so bold to pour evil
upon Albania’s sovereign land.

“All these, O merciful Heaven
you witness, why suffer them persist?
O Source of sense and righteousness,
why permit them drown in ruthlessness?

“Lift your right and righteous hand,
swing the shining blade of your rage,
upon all evil in Albania’s kingdom pour
the full vengeance of your justice.

“Why, O Heaven, do you turn
a deaf ear to my suit and honest plea?
Why from this poor and luckless being
avert your face and shut your ears?

“And who could ever fathom,
O Great God, your sacred mystery?
The good will not happen on earth
if it is not Your Will.

“Alas, where now turn
for handhold, bring my heart’s lament,
If Heaven refuses to listen
to my plaintive cry, my faint complaint?'


Comments about Florante’s Lament by Francisco Balagtas

  • (3/12/2019 7:42:00 PM)

    How can i summarised this poem (Report)Reply

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  • (1/19/2016 5:26:00 PM)

    i know this is translation
    but who did it? ? ?
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  • Susan Williams (1/19/2016 2:32:00 PM)

    A lament that cries out for vengeance, very heart-felt lament. Apparently he had a very difficult life as a poet and perhaps he added his deep pain about that into this lament. When he was dying, he begged his children not to follow in his footsteps as a writer. He told them they would be better off if they cut their hands off than be writers. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/19/2016 11:22:00 AM)

    .....an extraordinary lament....and very nicely penned ★ (Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/19/2016 11:14:00 AM)

    Superb poem..........
    “All these, O merciful Heaven
    you witness, why suffer them persist?
    O Source of sense and righteousness,
    why permit them drown in ruthlessness?
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (1/19/2016 3:39:00 AM)

    Wrath and war! But, we need peace on earth. Nice work. (Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (1/19/2016 3:04:00 AM)

    The words employed to paint the plight of Albanian people, lend the voice to millions and millions of people around the world who are passing through a similar situation. Thanks.
    and in beloved Albania’s infinite skies,
    lately the flag of evil flies.
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  • Romeo Della Valle (8/1/2014 7:08:00 PM)

    You don't judge a poem by its length but by its meaning and how well crafted is besides how it can effectively touches the readers! No doubt, this is an excellent and thought provoking write that clearly shows the sensitivity and spiritual meaning of its content! Mr. Fancisco Balagtas, you are a very talented and very sentimental poet that should keep enriching the Poetry World with more of your touching works! 10+++ Peace and Love from New York (Report)Reply

    Kim Barney(1/19/2016 8:31:00 AM)

    Mr. Fancisco Balagtas, you are a very talented and very sentimental poet that should keep enriching the Poetry World with more of your touching works!
    Not likely, since he died in 1862.

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  • (1/28/2013 3:18:00 PM)

    one long freaking poem but i read longer than that (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 31, 2012



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