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RAMADAN, by            
First Line: Holy ramadan / season sanctified
Last Line: Of my life goes by.
Subject(s): Ramadan

Holy Ramadan,
Season sanctified,
More dear to Allah than
Every other tide!

Yet to mortal man
(What is hardly right)
Thou dost unkindly ban
Drunkenness' delight.

Glass that clinks on glass
(O divinest bliss)
Mouth pressed to mouth: alas
That denied and this.

So I swear, by those
Who devotedly
Each moment as it goes
Do honour unto thee

As by all their prayers
Offered up to God,
Both single and in pairs,
The even and the odd

Glad am I in heart
Now to see thee die,
Although with thee a part
Of my life goes by.

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