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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
’Umar ibn Rabí’a
The Unveiled Maid
Arabic Literature
 
From ‘Love Poems’: Translation of William Gifford Palgrave

IN the valley of Mohassib I beheld her where she stood:
Caution bade me turn aside, but love forbade and fixed me there.
Was it sunlight? or the windows of a gleaming mosque at eve,
Lighted up for festal worship? or was all my fancy’s dream?
Ah, those earrings! ah, that necklace! Naufel’s daughter sure the maid,        5
Or of Hashim’s princely lineage, and the Servant of the Sun!
But a moment flashed the splendor, as the o’er-hasty handmaids drew
Round her with a jealous hand the jealous curtains of the tent.
Speech nor greeting passed between us; but she saw me, and I saw
Face the loveliest of all faces, hands the fairest of all hands.        10
Daughter of a better earth, and nurtured by a brighter sky;
Would I ne’er had seen thy beauty! Hope is fled, but love remains.
 
 
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