The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, XIII

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

And he the Messenger, who takes away
The faded garments, purple, white, and gray
       Of all our dreams unto the Dyer, will
Bring back new robes to-morrow—so they say.

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.