translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

Behold! the Veil that hid thy soul is torn
And all thy secrets on the winds are borne: 
      The hand of Sin has written on thy face
“Awake, for these untimely furrows warn!”

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.