By Ebn Alramacram

TOWERING as Barkaidy's face, The wintry night came in, Cold as the music of his bass, (1 of 2)09/01/2008 16:01:22

Arabian Poetry: Shorter Pieces of Arabian Poetry: Extempore Verses, by Ebn Alramacram

And lengthened as his chin.

Sleep from my aching eyes had fled, And kept as far apart As sense from Ebn Fadhi's head, Or virtue from his heart.

The dubious paths my footsteps balked,

I slipped along the sod, As if on Jaber's faith I'd walked, Or on his truth had trod.

At length the rising King of Day

Burst on the gloomy wood, Like Carawash's eye, whose ray Dispenses every good.

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