The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, XXVI

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

And like a spider’s house or sparrow’s nest,
The Sultan’s palace, though upon the crest
      Of glory’s mountain, soon or late must go:
Ay, all abodes to ruin are addrest.


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.

Ameen Rihani
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