The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, XXXII

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

Why linger here, why turn another page?
Oh!  seal with doubt the whole book of the age;
      Doubt every one, even him, the seeming slave
Of righteousness, and doubt the canting sage.

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.