translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

Thy way unto the Sun the spaces through 
Where king Orion’s black-eyed huris slew 
    The Mother of Night to guide the Wings that bear 
The flame divine hid in a drop of dew. 

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.