To the Virgin Mary

“To the Virgin Mary” is a sonnet that was said to have been written in December 3, 1876 while Rizal was studying in Ateneo.

To the Flowers of Heidelberg

Jose Rizal wrote “To the Flowers of Heidelberg” on April 24, 1886 while he was in Germany and felt a deep longing for his family and his country.

Memories of My Town

In “Memories of My Town”, Jose Rizal spoke of his childhood days in Calamba, Laguna recalling his happiest memories of the place and the people.

My Retreat

Jose Rizal describes in “My Retreat” his exile in Dapitan. From 1892 to 1896, he lived an unexciting but fruitful life.

Goodbye to Leonor

“Goodbye to Leonor” was written by Rizal for his childhood sweetheart, Leonor Rivera, when she married Henry Kipping, a British railway engineer.

Felicitation (English Translation)

This poem is the English translation of Rizal’s Spanish poem entitled ‘Felicitation.’ It was one of the many poems he wrote while studying at the Ateneo.

Hymn To Labor

Jose Rizal’s patriotism is shown in this poem “Hymn To Labor” where he urged his fellowmen to strive and work for their country whether in war or in peace.

To My Childhood Companions

This Nick Joaquin English translation of ‘Sa Aking Mga Kababata’ was taken from an article by Ambeth Ocampo.

Sa Aking Mga Kababata

As a very young poet, Jose Rizal wrote this poem in Tagalog at the age of 8. Another English version was translated by Nick Joaquin.

Song of the Wanderer

In this poem, Rizal talks about the loneliness of being a wanderer and the heartbreak of being a stranger in his motherland after being away for so long.