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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Tarafah ibn al ’Abd
A Rebuke to a Mischief-Maker
Arabic Literature
 
Translation of Sir Charles James Lyall

THE CRAFT of thy busy tongue has sundered from home and kin
  the cousins of both thy houses, ’Amr, ’Auf, and Mâlik’s son.
For thou to thy dearest art a wind of the bitter north,
  that sweeps from the Syrian hills, and wrinkles our cheeks and brows.
But balmy art thou and mild to strangers, a gracious breeze        5
  that brings from the gulf shore showers and fills with its rain our streams.
And this, of a truth, I know—no fancy it is of mine:
  who holds mean his kith and kin, the meanest of men is he!
And surely a foolish tongue, when rules not its idle prate
  discretion, but shows men where thou dwellest with none to guard.        10
 
 
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