Abu Firas al-Hamadani

(932–968)

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Abu Firas al-Hamdani (932–968) (Arabic: أبو فراس الحمداني‎) was an Arab poet. He was a cousin of Sayf al-Dawla and a member of the noble family of the Hamdanids, who were rulers in northern Syria and Upper Mesopotamia during the 10th century. He served Sayf al-Dawla as provincial governor as well as court poet, and was active in is cousin's wars against the Byzantine Empire. He was twice captured ... more »

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Hardly Had You Shed Tears…

Hardly had you shed tears, you soul were strong and refractory
Didst still you resist the passionate love or follow it voluntary?
Yes, I am passionate and have agony of love and torment
However, one who likes me does not reveal his secret.
I surrender to my emotion when the night outstretches its light
Painfully but haughtily, my eyes shed tears all night.
The fire of love is about to burn my ribs and above,
If it is sparkling by emotions and the passionate love—
For the sake of her reunion, daringly I thrust my soul
If I sleep the night thirsty, I wish the rain ...

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