The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, XVIII

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

Tread lightly, for the mighty that have been
Might now be breathing in the dust unseen;
       Lightly, the violets beneath thy feet
Spring from the mole of some Arabian queen.

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.