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Abu Sakhr: On a Lost Love

By Arabic Literature

From the ‘Hamásah’: Translation of Sir Charles James Lyall

BY Him who brings weeping and laughter &pipe; who deals Death and Life as He wills—

she left me to envy the wild deer &pipe; that graze twain and twain without fear!

Oh, love of her, heighten my heart’s pain, &pipe; and strengthen the pang every night;

oh, comfort that days bring, forgetting &pipe; —the last of all days be thy tryst!

I marveled how swiftly the time sped &pipe; between us, the moment we met;

but when that brief moment was ended &pipe; how wearily dragged he his feet!