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THE RISING SUN, by            
First Line: Behold with wondering eyes
Last Line: Like frozen raindrops gleam.
Alternate Author Name(s): Ibn Abi L-haytham

Behold with wondering eyes
The sun in beauty rise;
One brow is bathed in light,
One grudged as yet to sight.

As though the sun would say:
'I shall not grudge alway;
This loveliness of mine
Will soon all naked shine.'

O beauty's mirror, bare
In beauty splendid there
To east, anon to west
At even laid to rest.

The far horizons grieve
To see its radiance leave
The skies, and wrap them round
In shadows deep, profound.

And, as each star appears,
Meseems that heaven's tears
In agony supreme
Like frozen raindrops gleam.

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