The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, LXVII

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

For after she declaims upon the vows
Of Faith, she pusillanimously bows
      Before the Sultan’s wine-empurpled throne,
While he and all his courtezans carouse.


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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