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Sa Aking Mga Kabata - Jose P. Rizal
 


Kapagka ang baya'y sadyang umiibig
Sa kanyang salitang kaloob ng langit,
Sanglang kalayaan nasa ring masapit
Katulad ng ibong nasa himpapawid.

Pagka't ang salita'y isang kahatulan
Sa bayan, sa nayo't mga kaharian,
At ang isang tao'y katulad, kabagay
Ng alin mang likha noong kalayaan.

Ang hindi magmahal sa kanyang salita
Mahigit sa hayop at malansang isda,
Kaya ang marapat pagyamaning kusa
Na tulad sa inang tunay na nagpala.

Ang wikang Tagalog tulad din sa Latin
Sa Ingles, Kastila at salitang anghel,
Sapagka't ang Poong maalam tumingin
Ang siyang naggawad, nagbigay sa atin.

Ang salita nati'y huwad din sa iba
Na may alfabeto at sariling letra,
Na kaya nawala'y dinatnan ng sigwa
Ang lunday sa lawa noong dakong una.

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This poem was originally written in Tagalog by Rizal when he was only 8 years old. Below is an English translation.

Our Mother Tongue


IF truly a people dearly love
         The tongue to them by Heaven sent,
They'll surely yearn for liberty
         Like a bird above in the firmament.
BECAUSE by its language one can judge
         A town, a barrio, and kingdom;
And like any other created thing
         Every human being loves his freedom.
ONE who doesn't love his native tongue,
         Is worse than putrid fish and beast;
AND like a truly precious thing
         It therefore deserves to be cherished.
THE Tagalog language's akin to Latin,
         To English, Spanish, angelical tongue;
For God who knows how to look after us
         This language He bestowed us upon.
AS others, our language is the same
         With alphabet and letters of its own,
It was lost because a storm did destroy
         On the lake the
bangka in years bygone.


1 Tagalog term for canoe





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