The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, XXII

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

Nor king nor slave the hungry Days will spare;
Between their fangéd Hours alike we fare:
       Anon they bound upon us while we play
Unheeding at the threshold of their Lair.

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.