Education Gives Luster to Mother Land by Jose P. Rizal

    Wise education, vital breath
    Inspires an enchanting virtue;
    She puts the Country in the lofty seat
    Of endless glory, of dazzling glow,
    And just as the gentle aura’s puff
    Do brighten the perfumed flower’s hue:
    So education with a wise, guiding hand,
    A benefactress, exalts the human band.

    Man’s placid repose and earthly life
    To education he dedicates
    Because of her, art and science are born
    Man; and as from the high mount above
    The pure rivulet flows, undulates,
    So education beyond measure
    Gives the Country tranquility secure.

    Where wise education raises a throne
    Sprightly youth are invigorated,
    Who with firm stand error they subdue
    And with noble ideas are exalted;
    It breaks immortality’s neck,
    Contemptible crime before it is halted:
    It humbles barbarous nations
    And it makes of savages champions.
    And like the spring that nourishes
    The plants, the bushes of the meads,
    She goes on spilling her placid wealth,
    And with kind eagerness she constantly feeds,
    The river banks through which she slips,
    And to beautiful nature all she concedes,
    So whoever procures education wise
    Until the height of honor may rise.

    From her lips the waters crystalline
    Gush forth without end, of divine virtue,
    And prudent doctrines of her faith
    The forces weak of evil subdue,
    That break apart like the whitish waves
    That lash upon the motionless shoreline:
    And to climb the heavenly ways the people
    Do learn with her noble example.

    In the wretched human beings’ breast
    The living flame of good she lights
    The hands of criminal fierce she ties,
    And fill the faithful hearts with delights,
    Which seeks her secrets beneficent
    And in the love for the good her breast she incites,
    And it’s th’ education noble and pure
    Of human life the balsam sure.

    And like a rock that rises with pride
    In the middle of the turbulent waves
    When hurricane and fierce Notus roar
    She disregards their fury and raves,
    That weary of the horror great
    So frightened calmly off they stave;
    Such is one by wise education steered
    He holds the Country’s reins unconquered.
    His achievements on sapphires are engraved;
    The Country pays him a thousand honors;
    For in the noble breasts of her sons
    Virtue transplanted luxuriant flow’rs;
    And in the love of good e’er disposed
    Will see the lords and governors
    The noble people with loyal venture
    Christian education always procure.

    And like the golden sun of the morn
    Whose rays resplendent shedding gold,
    And like fair aurora of gold and red
    She overspreads her colors bold;
    Such true education proudly gives
    The pleasure of virtue to young and old
    And she enlightens out Motherland dear
    As she offers endless glow and luster.

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