The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, XVII

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

And from the last days of Thamud and ’Ad
Up to the first of Hashem’s fearless lad,
       Who smashed the idols of his mighty tribe,
What idols and what heroes Death has had!

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.