The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, CXI

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

Whence come, O firmament, thy myriad lights?
Whence comes thy sap, O vineyard of the heights?
       Whence comes the perfume of the rose, and whence
The spirit-larva which the body blights?

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.