Abu Firas al-Hamadani
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).
Abu Firas al-Hamadani Poems
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.
Insights and Deep Sighs
Have you no appreciation, dear ladies, for a good deed? Have you no forgiveness for someone
A Private conversation of a Prisoner
I say while a pigeon near me weeps .... 'O my neighbor, do you feel my condition? You have never tasted the changes of hardship .... And worries have never crossed your mind Do you carry so much sadness in your heart .... while you stand on such a high branch? O my neighbor, time has not been just between us .... Come let me share some of my burdens with you
A Hunting Trip
We reached our destination shortly before sunset; As the Sun was sporting its late afternoon golden robe.
If The Old Woman Was Not At Manbej
If the old woman was not at Manbej settled, I would not fear the fate or seem frightened. If not the ordeal, I would disdain to ask anyhow. My proud soul is disdainful at past and now.
A Hunting Trip
A man's age is not to be measured by his long years,
But by how happily he lives his life.
The days of my glory and unlimited authority
Are the ones I consider truly lived by me.
O how unfair fate can be to its children,
How treacherous to those who put their trust in it