Rizal Day today

“Farewell my  beloved homeland, land of the dear rising sun

Adios patria adorada, region del sol querida

Pearl of the Orient sea, an Eden in ruins!

Perla del Mar de Oriente, nuestro perdido Eden!

Gladly do i give you my small and forsaken life;

A darte voy alegre la triste, mustia vida;

And were it more brilliant, more fresh,  more full in bloom,

Y fuera mas brillante, mas fresca, mas florida,

Gladly would i still give it for you to flourish.”

Tambien por ti la diera, la diera por tu bien.”

excerpt of 14 verses, Mi Ultimo Adios (My Last Farewell)

by Dr. Jose Rizal,

(written a few hours before he was                                                           executed)

(blog admin tweaked a bit the  literal                                                     translation of some textbook                                                    writers, with apologies.)

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