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Are you having trouble with your Rizal course?
Do you need help interpreting the novels, plays, essays, and poems by Rizal?
Do you have so many more chapters of Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo to read in so little time?
Or do you simply want to enrich your knowledge of the life and works of the national hero of the Philippines?

We have all the solutions and resources for you, FREE!

Here at TheLifeandWorksofRizal, we are dedicated to providing FREE resources to students, teachers, college professors, researchers, etc.  on the following subjects and more:
  • Jose Rizal's Contribution to Different Industries
  • Noli Me Tangere Chapter Summaries and Analyses
  • El Filibusterismo Chapter Summaries and Analyses
  • Literary Interpretation of the Poems by Jose Rizal
  • Current Updates and News Features on Rizal's Legacy
  • Rizal Course Study Guides
  • Essays and Expositions on Jose Rizal's Philosophies
  • Comprehensive and Easy-to-Use Notes on the Life of Rizal
  • Details of Jose Rizal's Exile in Dapitan
  • Movies and other Media on the Life and Works of Rizal
  • Rarely Discussed Topics and Controversial Issues Regarding Rizal's Philosophies
  • Virtual Tours and Photo Galleries of Monuments, Parks, and Significant Places in the Life of Jose Rizal

Thousands of students and professors taking up and facilitating a Rizal course have found this site invaluably helpful in complying with and designing course requirements. Information provided on this site is accurate, as based on published books and study guides that are listed on the Resources page.  The creators of this online platform do not claim copyrights to all digitally published materials (see Disclaimer at the bottom of the page).

We appreciate your comments and suggestions!

Please feel free to leave us a message or tell us about what you think by posting a comment anywhere in this site.  We appreciate suggestions, and would like to hear what our readers have to say. 

Help us to help you better.

We are open to submissions!

TheLifeandWorksofRizal is currently accepting submissions online.  We would be truly honored to feature your post and show our gratitude by publishing your full bylined work.  Article submissions can include:
  • Noli Me Tangere chapter analyses and essays
  • El Filibusterismo chapter analyses and essays
  • Noli Me Tangere book reviews
  • El Filibusterismo book reviews
  • Any category of essays concerning the life and works of Jose Rizal
  • Noli Me Tangere scripts for stage plays and drama
  • El Filibusterismo scripts for stage plays and drama
  •  Posters, drawings, comic strips, abstract paintings, and other works of art
  • Song compositions (audio/video) and recorded plays (audio/video)
  •  And anything else you would want to get posted.
Simply send your submissions to thelifeandworksofrizal@gmail.comand we'll notify you when we publish your work!

Quick Links

To watch the movie Jose Rizal online.


Don't have the time to sit and read?

Download these free audiobooks today and listen to Rizal on your iPod or any audio player!

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To my Creator I sing
Who did soothe me in my great loss;
To the Merciful and Kind
Who in my troubles gave me repose.

Rizal opens the poem in thanksgiving. The entire poem is generally about God and is speaking in the second person to God. However, it is important to observe the order in which these verses are written. That he begins by referring to God as the one who soothed him in his great loss and gave him repose in his troubles, could very well signify that the life of the hero was in fact full of pain and difficulty, and that it was in these dark moments that he felt God's presence the most.

Thou with that pow'r of thine
Said: Live! And with life myself I found;
And shelter gave me thou
And a soul impelled to the good
Like a compass whose point to the North is bound.

Here Rizal goes back in time to the days before he was born. With artistic reference to God's power to create everything out of nothing and to speak all beings into existence (Genesis), the author pictures his birth as a result of God's command for him to "Live!" He also acknowledges that his soul is "impelled to the good" and we read this with a very obvious yet tenuous sense of gratitude as well.

Thou did make me descend
From honorable home and respectable stock,
And a homeland thou gavest me
Without limit, fair and rich
Though fortune and prudence it does lack.

Rizal here says that God allowed him to be born into an honorable and respectable family, and into a country that had no limit (which could refer to having limitless potential, ability, greatness... or even in the more "physical" sense of the word, having limitless resources, beauty, wonder). He closes the verse with the only line in the poem that expresses sadness. We see here the burden that the hero continues to carry in his heart - that of our nation's lack of fortune and prudence - which he, no doubt, was still fighting for when he wrote this composition.





















Are you having trouble with your Rizal course?
Do you need help interpreting the novels, plays, essays, and poems by Rizal?
Do you have so many more chapters of Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo to read in so little time?
Or do you simply want to enrich your knowledge of the life and works of the national hero of the Philippines?

We have all the solutions and resources for you, FREE!

Here at TheLifeandWorksofRizal, we are dedicated to providing FREE resources to students, teachers, college professors, researchers, etc.  on the following subjects and more:
  • Jose Rizal's Contribution to Different Industries
  • Noli Me Tangere Chapter Summaries and Analyses
  • El Filibusterismo Chapter Summaries and Analyses
  • Literary Interpretation of the Poems by Jose Rizal
  • Current Updates and News Features on Rizal's Legacy
  • Rizal Course Study Guides
  • Essays and Expositions on Jose Rizal's Philosophies
  • Comprehensive and Easy-to-Use Notes on the Life of Rizal
  • Details of Jose Rizal's Exile in Dapitan
  • Movies and other Media on the Life and Works of Rizal
  • Rarely Discussed Topics and Controversial Issues Regarding Rizal's Philosophies
  • Virtual Tours and Photo Galleries of Monuments, Parks, and Significant Places in the Life of Jose Rizal

Thousands of students and professors taking up and facilitating a Rizal course have found this site invaluably helpful in complying with and designing course requirements. Information provided on this site is accurate, as based on published books and study guides that are listed on the Resources page.  The creators of this online platform do not claim copyrights to all digitally published materials (see Disclaimer at the bottom of the page).

We appreciate your comments and suggestions!

Please feel free to leave us a message or tell us about what you think by posting a comment anywhere in this site.  We appreciate suggestions, and would like to hear what our readers have to say. 

Help us to help you better.

We are open to submissions!

TheLifeandWorksofRizal is currently accepting submissions online.  We would be truly honored to feature your post and show our gratitude by publishing your full bylined work.  Article submissions can include:
  • Noli Me Tangere chapter analyses and essays
  • El Filibusterismo chapter analyses and essays
  • Noli Me Tangere book reviews
  • El Filibusterismo book reviews
  • Any category of essays concerning the life and works of Jose Rizal
  • Noli Me Tangere scripts for stage plays and drama
  • El Filibusterismo scripts for stage plays and drama
  •  Posters, drawings, comic strips, abstract paintings, and other works of art
  • Song compositions (audio/video) and recorded plays (audio/video)
  •  And anything else you would want to get posted.
Simply send your submissions to thelifeandworksofrizal@gmail.comand we'll notify you when we publish your work!

Quick Links

To watch the movie Jose Rizal online.


Don't have the time to sit and read?

Download these free audiobooks today and listen to Rizal on your iPod or any audio player!

.



To my Creator I sing
Who did soothe me in my great loss;
To the Merciful and Kind
Who in my troubles gave me repose.

Rizal opens the poem in thanksgiving. The entire poem is generally about God and is speaking in the second person to God. However, it is important to observe the order in which these verses are written. That he begins by referring to God as the one who soothed him in his great loss and gave him repose in his troubles, could very well signify that the life of the hero was in fact full of pain and difficulty, and that it was in these dark moments that he felt God's presence the most.

Thou with that pow'r of thine
Said: Live! And with life myself I found;
And shelter gave me thou
And a soul impelled to the good
Like a compass whose point to the North is bound.

Here Rizal goes back in time to the days before he was born. With artistic reference to God's power to create everything out of nothing and to speak all beings into existence (Genesis), the author pictures his birth as a result of God's command for him to "Live!" He also acknowledges that his soul is "impelled to the good" and we read this with a very obvious yet tenuous sense of gratitude as well.

Thou did make me descend
From honorable home and respectable stock,
And a homeland thou gavest me
Without limit, fair and rich
Though fortune and prudence it does lack.

Rizal here says that God allowed him to be born into an honorable and respectable family, and into a country that had no limit (which could refer to having limitless potential, ability, greatness... or even in the more "physical" sense of the word, having limitless resources, beauty, wonder). He closes the verse with the only line in the poem that expresses sadness. We see here the burden that the hero continues to carry in his heart - that of our nation's lack of fortune and prudence - which he, no doubt, was still fighting for when he wrote this composition.