Khalil Mutran

(1872-1949 / Baalbek / Lebanon)

Khalil Mutran
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Khalil Mutran (Arabic: خليل مطران‎ / ALA-LC: Khalīl Muṭrān; July 1, 1872 – June 1, 1949), also known by the sobriquet Shā‘ir al-Quṭrayn (Arabic: شاعر القطرين‎ / literally meaning "the poet of the two countries") was an Arabic poet and journalist.
He was born at Baalbek in Ottoman Syria to Abdu Yusuf Mutran and Malaka Sabbag from Haifa. Nakhlé Moutran, pasha of Baalbek, was his cousin. Khalil's mother Malaka descended from a large Palestinian family. Malaka's father was among the most respected persons in Haifa and her grandfather was an advisor of Ahmed al-Jazzar, pasha of Saint John d'Acre, who successfully resisted the siege of this town by the troups of Napoleon ... more »

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A Rose That Died

O questing birds, what seek you in your wanderings?
They made answere:
We are the hopes of youth; and here our beloved
lived and suffered.
She was the rose in our garden, reigning
justly with the submission of all therein.
Yet all too soon we saw her fall from her throne,
then disappear.
And so you see us ever searching for some trace of her,
Or flocking where once she was wont to be .

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