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.)