The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, XXXIV

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

Of Ababil!   I would the tale were true,—
Would all the birds were such winged furies too;
       The scourging and the purging were a boon
For me, O my dear Brothers, and for you.

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.