The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, CXIX

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

Yea, kiss the rosy cheeks of new-born Day,
And hail eternity in every ray
       Forming a halo round its infant head,
Illumining thy labyrinthine way.

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.