THESE LOVELY THINGS
JOSE LA. VILLA TIERRA
These things are lovely,and God made them so;
These little white sampaguitas wet with dew;
The graceful sway of grass,folk-dancing on the lea;
The green of narra leaves;the blue of sky and sea;
The lacy waterfalls and rainbows in the sun;
The Master’s canvas in the west when day is done;
My humble nipa hut beneath the swaying palms
Listening to the breezes lilting pagan psalms;
The moonbeams on the bay;each little bird that sing;
Dalagas on the lane;the color summer brings…
These things are lovely,and God made them so,
And place them in my country-row on row.
I’m glad I’m too poor to leave my shore
And miss this loveliness outside my cottage door.