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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
al-Find
Vengeance
Arabic Literature
 
By al-Find, of the Zimman Tribe: Translation of Sir Charles James Lyall

FORGIVENESS had we for Hind’s sons:
  We said, “The men our brothers are;
The days may bring that yet again
  They be the folk that once they were.”
 
But when the Ill stood clear and plain,        5
  And naked Wrong was bold to brave,
And naught was left but bitter Hate—
  We paid them in the coin they gave.
 
We strode as stalks a lion forth
  At dawn, a lion wrathful-eyed;        10
Blows rained we, dealing shame on shame,
  And humbling pomp and quelling pride.
 
Too kind a man may be with fools,
  And nerve them but to flout him more;
And Mischief oft may bring thee peace,        15
  When Mildness works not Folly’s cure.
 
 
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