Jose Rizal’s patriotism is shown in this poem where he urges his fellowmen to strive and work for their country whether in war or in peace. This poem was originally written in Tagalog as Imno sa Paggawa.
For the Motherland in war,
For the Motherland in peace,
Will the Filipino keep watch,
He will live until life will cease!
Now the East is glowing with light,
Go! To the field to till the land,
For the labour of man sustains
Fam’ly, home and Motherland.
Hard the land may turn to be,
Scorching the rays of the sun above…
For the country, wife and children
All will be easy to our love.
Go to work with spirits high,
For the wife keeps home faithfully,
Inculcates love in her children
For virtue, knowledge and country.
When the evening brings repose,
On returning joy awaits you,
And if fate is adverse, the wife,
Shall know the task to continue.
H ail! Hail! Praise to labour,
Of the country wealth and vigor!
For it brow serene’s exalted,
It’s her blood, life, and ardor.
If some youth would show his love
Labor his faith will sustain :
Only a man who struggles and works
Will his offspring know to maintain.
Teach, us ye the laborious work
To pursue your footsteps we wish,
For tomorrow when country calls us
We may be able your task to finish.
And on seeing us the elders will say:
‘Look, they’re worthy ‘f their sires of yore!’
Incense does not honor the dead
As does a son with glory and valor.