The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, CXV

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

The Sultan, too, relinquishing his throne
Must wayfare through the darkening dust alone
       Where neither crown nor kingdom be, and he,
Part of the Secret, here and there is blown.

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.