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Abu Firas al-Hamadani

(932–968)

Biography of Abu Firas al-Hamadani

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 by the Byzantines and spent some time in their capital, Constantinople, where he composed his most famous work, the collection of poems titled al-Rûmiyât (الروميات).

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Insights and Deep Sighs

Have you no appreciation, dear ladies, for a good deed?
Have you no forgiveness for someone
Who has wrongly behaved
Whosoever places his love in the hands
Of a pretty damsel, has gone astray;
Anyone who surrenders his will to young ladies
Will surely be humiliated
As for me, thanks God, I am firm and unyielding;
I remain strong and maintain self-respect,

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