The Luzumiyat of Abu'l-Ala, XC

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

Thy life with guiltless life-blood do not stain—
Hunt not the children of the woods; in vain
    Thou’lt try one day to wash thy bloody hand: 
Nor hunter here nor hunted long remain. 


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.