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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Abu Sakhr
On a Lost Love
Arabic Literature
 
From the ‘Hamásah’: Translation of Sir Charles James Lyall

BY Him who brings weeping and laughter | who deals Death and Life as He wills—
  she left me to envy the wild deer | that graze twain and twain without fear!
Oh, love of her, heighten my heart’s pain, | and strengthen the pang every night;
  oh, comfort that days bring, forgetting | —the last of all days be thy tryst!
I marveled how swiftly the time sped | between us, the moment we met;        5
  but when that brief moment was ended | how wearily dragged he his feet!
 
 
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