Friday, September 16, 2011

Versos de Isagani/Verses of Isagani by Jose Rizal

"No, Senor Simoun," interposed Basilio, changing to a jesting tone, "rather keep in mind the verses of my friend Isagani himself:

'Fire you, you say, and water we,
Then as you wish, so let it be;
But let us live in peace and right,
Nor shall the fire e'er see us fight;
So joined by wisdom's glowing flame,
That without anger, hate, or blame,
We form the steam, the fifth element,
Progress and light, life and movement.'"

El Filibusterismo, Chapter 2. Translation by C. E. Derbyshire

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