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).

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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

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