The Luzumiyat of Abu'l-Ala, LXXXIV

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

For all my learning’s but a veil, I guess, 
Veiling the phantom of my nothingness; 
   Howbeit, there are those who think me wise, 
And those who think me—even these I bless. 

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.