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Al-Fadl ibn al-Abbas, ibn Utbah: Implacability

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

SONS of our uncle, peace! Cousins of ours, be still!

drag not to light from its grave the strife that we buried there.

Hope not for honor from us, while ye heap upon us shame,

or think that we shall forbear from vexing when ye vex us.

Sons of our uncle, peace! lay not our rancor raw;

walk now gently awhile, as once ye were wont to go.

Ay, God knows that we, we love you not, in sooth!

and that we blame ye not that ye have no love for us.

Each of us has his ground for the loathing his fellow moves:

a grace it is from the Lord that we hate ye—ye us!