The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, XCIX

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

Thy wealth can shed no tears around thy bier,
Nor can it wash thy hands of shame and fear;
       Ere thou departest with it freely part.—
Let others plead for thee and God will hear.

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.