The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, VII

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

The Pleiads follow; and our Ethiop Queen,
Emerging from behind her starry screen,
       Will steep her tresses in the saffron dye
Of dawn, and vanish in the morning sheen.

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.