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Leonora Rivera

THE SONG OF MARIA CLARA

- From Noli Me Tangere

Sweet in one's country are the hours
Where the sun sends greeting down by Showers;
Where the country breezes life engender,
Where death is happy and love more tender.

Ardent kisses from the lips are taken
By a mother who holds you when awaken;
her arms encircle you for a while
And her mild, loving, benign eyes smile.

Sweet in one's country it is to die
Where even the sun greets from on high;
Dead are these tokens from above
To him without Mother, Country, or Love.

Rizal's cousin Leonore Rivera, whose portrait at 13 is here given, was the original of the heroine of Noli Me Tangere.
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created: June 12, 1998
updated: June 12, 1998
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