Hymn to Work - Page 2 of 2

by Dr. José Rizal

(English version of “Himno Al Trabajo”)


Hail! Hail! Give praise to work!
The country's vigor and her wealth;
For work lift up your brow serene
It is your blood, your life, your health.
If any youth protests his love
His work shall prove if he be good.
That man alone who strives and toils
Can find the way to feed his brood.


Teach us then the hardest tasks
For down Thy trails we turn our feet
That when our country calls tomorrow
Thy purposes we may complete,
And may our elders say, who see us,
See! How worthy of their sires!
No incense can exalt our dead ones
Like a brave son who aspires!

Learn this Filipino word:

birò ng tadhanà