The Luzumiyat of Abu'l-Ala, XCIII

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

A prince of souls, ’tis sung in ancient lay, 
One morning sought a vesture of the clay;
   He came into the Pottery, the fool—
The lucky fool was warned to stay away. 

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.