Al Niño Jesus
Al Niño Jesus was composed by Dr. Jose Rizal during his stay in Ateneo de Municipal in 1875 when he was just 14 years of age. He wrote this short poem with eight verses only, influenced by the Spanish standard of poetry. It is also classified as an Octave Real. This poem is known as one of the two religious poems Rizal wrote.
Al Niño Jesus
¿Cómo, Dios-niño, has venido
¿Y te escarnece Fortuna,
- A la tierra en pobre cuna?
¡Ay, triste! Del Cielo Rey
- Cuando apenas has nacido?
¿No quieres ser soberano,
- Y llega cual vil humano!
- Sino Pastor de tu grey?
To the Child Jesus
translated by Nick Joaquin
- Why have you come to earth,
- Child-God, in a poor manger?
- Does Fortune find you a stranger
- from the moment of your birth?
- Alas, of heavenly stock
- now turned an earthly resident!
- Do you not wish to be president
- but the shepherd of your flock?
Sa Sanggol Na Si Jesus
- O Diyos na Sanggol, paano ba kaya't
- Ang sinilangan Mo ay sabsabang aba?
- Diyata't di pa man ay pag-alipusta
- Ang dulot ng Palad sa Iyong pagbaba?
- Kaylungkot! O hari ng Sangkalangitan,
- Nagkatawang-tao't sa lupa'y tumahan,
- Hindi Mo ba ibig na Haring matanghal
- Kundi Pastol namin na kawan Mong mahal?
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