The Luzumiyat of Abu'l-Ala, LXXXI

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

Arise! for lo! the Laughter and the Weeping 
Reveal the Weapon which the Master’s Keeping 
      Above your heads; Oh! take it up and strike! 
The lion of tyranny is only sleeping. 

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.