The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, XXIV

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

Or sleep—and shall it be eternal sleep
Somewhither in the bosom of the deep
       Infinities of cosmic dust, or here
Where gracile cypresses the vigil keep!

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.