DON’T SLEEP TONIGHT O! CITY LIGHTS!
Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago
May the glowing lights at night
Not stop at all for rest or sleeps.
Snakes are bound to strike
When patriots of most noble faith
Sense slimmest the hordes of traitors;
Sentinels we’ve long trusted
May ride astride lightning bolt
To incinerate our dens of freedom
And leave the lores of democracy
To the nothingness of decay.
Tyranny is ripe once more, a fruit
The would-be autocrats savor the best.
O! City lights!
Please don’t sleep at night!
[Writ. 13 October 1988, Proj. 8, Quezon City, M.Manila]