The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, XVI

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

Of Fate. Alas! and we shall follow soon
Into the night eternal or the noon;
       The wayward daughters of the spheres return
Unto the bosom of their sun or moon.

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.