The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, II

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

O my Companion, Night is passing fair,
Fairer than aught the dawn and sundown wear;
       And fairer, too, than all the gilded days
Of blond Illusion and its golden snare.

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.