To Josephine

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Rizal dedicated this poem to Josephine Bracken, an Irish
woman who went to Dapitan accompanying a man
seeking Rizal’s services as an ophthamologist.

To Josephine

Josephine, Josephine
Who to these shores have come
Looking for a nest, a home,
Like a wandering swallow;
If your fate is taking you
To Japan, China or Shanghai,
Don’t forget that on these shores
A heart for you beats high.

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