Jose Rizal

(1861-1896 / Philippines)

To The Philippines - Poem by Jose Rizal

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,
sleeps a goddess on the Indian shore.

The small waves of the sonorous sea assail
her feet with ardent, amorous kisses, while
the intellectual West adores her smile;
and the old hoary Pole, her flower veil.

My Muse, most enthusiastic and elate,
sings to her among naiads and undines;
I offer her my fortune and my fate.

With myrtle, purple roses, and flowering greens
and lilies, crown her brow immaculate,
O artists, and exalt the Philippines!


Comments about To The Philippines by Jose Rizal

  • Rose Marie Juan-austin (7/7/2018 12:28:00 AM)


    A magnificent tribute to our country, the Philippines by our national hero.
    The most beautiful ode to one's country I have ever read. Beautifully crafted write.
    Every stanza in this great poem stands out.
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  • Rajnish Manga (7/6/2018 10:52:00 PM)


    Exquisitely beautiful. A Poet's great tribute to his motherland.
    Full of patriotic fervor. Thanks.
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  • (11/15/2017 3:46:00 AM)


    Warm and beautiful like a houri of yore,
    as gracious and as pure as the break of dawn

    Phenomenal poem by the greatest hero of my home... for my phenomenal country.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010



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