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THE PRIZE FOR "AL JUVENTUD FILIPINA"

Al Jufentud Filipina

The use of the word Spain in the translation makes the meaning unmistakable but the reference was not obsucre in the original.

Prosperity once for an era in this land held reign.
But now it groans beneath an iron yoke,
Slowly expiring from a mortal stroke
Ruthlessy dealt by the grim, unpitying hand of Spain.
And yet if it should now devoutly bend the knee
At the shrine of Patriotism, might it still be free?
Alas! In the sad future, for unnumbered days,
Will come the reckoning which man repays
Who, putting his own before his country's gain,
Finds in his own ensuing degradation,
Slave of a cruel, harsh invading nation,
His reward; in pestilential wars and endless pain.

 
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created: June 12, 1998
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