Words of Jose Antonio Rodriguez, sailor, who abandoned his ship, his Captain Don Bruno Hezeta, and his King, Charles III of Spain, on June 14th 1775 at Tsurai, now known as Trinidad, on the Pacific Coast of North America
I sit upon this lofty rock, and mark My frigate, Santiago, set to sea. From far away, I hear a meadow lark, It fires my heart. Now, speak, lips! I am free!
For, hear a mystery: On Corpus Christi In those great Trees, a vast Cathedral rose Le Seu, of my Mallorcan childhood: misty And radiant, with columns in bright rows.
But, Mother, ah! This nave had thrice the height The columns even redder, and light beams Broke forth in praise, as vivid Angels might And striped the forest floor in rainbow streams.
The Holy Spirit dwells in Tsurai: blessed These friendly folk. In Peace here will I rest.