By The Imam Shafay Mohammed Ben Idris

NOT always wealth, not always force,

A splendid destiny commands; The lordly vulture gnaws the corse That rots upon yon barren sands.

Nor want nor weakness still conspires

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To bind us to a sordid state; The fly, that with a touch expires, Sips honey from the royal plate.

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TO THE KHALIF HAROUN ALRASHID,

ON HIS UNDERTAKING A PILGRIMAGE TO MECCA. By IBRAHIM BEN ADHEM.

RELIGION'S gems can ne'er adorn

The flimsy robe by Pleasure worn: Its feeble texture soon would tear, And give those jowols to tho air.

Thrico happy thoy who sook th' abode Of poaco and pleasure, in thoir God! Who spurn the world, its joys despise, And grasp at bliss beyond the skies.

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