The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, LXVIII

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

Carouse, ye sovereign lords! The wheel will roll
Forever to confound and to console:
      Who sips to-day the golden cup will drink
Mayhap to-morrow in a wooden bowl—

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.