The Luzumiyat of Abu'l-Ala, LXXX

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

Hear ye who in the dust of ages creep, 
And in the halls of wicked masters sleep:—
   Arise! and out of this wan weariness
Where Allah’s laughter makes the Devil weep. 

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.