The Luzumiyat of Abu'l-Ala, LXXXIII

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

And thus the Sun will write and will efface 
The mystic symbols which the sages trace 
      In vain, for all the worlds of God are stored 
In his enduring vessels Time and Space. 

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.