The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, CVII

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

And in the labyrinth both son and sire
Awhile will fan and fuel hatred’s fire;
       Sparks of the log of evil are all men
Allwhere—extinguished by the race entire!

The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala (James T. White & Co., 1920) by Abū al-‘Alā’ al-Ma‘arrī. Translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani. Copyright © 1920 by Ameen Rihani. This poem is in the public domain.