The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, LXXI

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

And though around the temple they should run
For seventy times and seven, and in the sun
      Of mad devotion drool, their prayers are still
Like their desires of feasting-fancies spun.


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.