The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, LXXV

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

Ay! suddenly the mystic Hand will seal 
The saint’s devotion and the sinner’s weal; 
       They worship Saturn, but I worship One 
Before whom Saturn and the Heavens kneel. 

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.