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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Nusaib
The Slave-Mother Sold
Arabic Literature
 
The poem characterizes the separation of a wife and mother—a slave—from her family: Translation of Sir Charles James Lyall

THEY said last night—To-morrow at first of dawning,
  or maybe at eventide, must Laila go!—
My heart at the word lay helpless, as lies a Katä
  in net night-long, and struggles with fast-bound wing.
Two nestlings she left alone, in a nest far distant,        5
  a nest which the winds smite, tossing it to and fro.
They hear but the whistling breeze, and stretch necks to greet her;
  but she they await—the end of her days is come!
So lies she, and neither gains in the night her longing,
  nor brings her the morning any release from pain.        10
 
 
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