The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, LVIII

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

But in the fatal coils, without intent,
We sin; wherefore a future punishment?
      They say the metal dead a deadly steel
Becomes with Allah’s knowledge and consent.


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.

Ameen Rihani
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