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PEARLS OF THE FAITH: 39. AL-HAFIZ, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: By the sky and the night star
Last Line: In your hearts, too, these scriptures have!
Subject(s): God; Islam


Al-Hâfiz! Oh, "Preserver!" succor us
Who, humbly trustful, cry unto Thee thus.

By the Sky and the Night star!
By Al-Târek the white star!
Shining clear—
When darkness covers man and beast—
To proclaim dawn near,
And the gold sun hastening from the east,
We have set a guard upon you, every one;
Be ye not afraid!
Of seed from loins, and milk from bosom-bone,
Ye were made:
We are able to remake you, when ye die,
For cold death
Cometh forth from Us, as warm life cometh
And gift of breath.
Do the darkness and the terror plot against you?
We also plan;
They that love you are stronger than your haters,
Trust God, oh, man!

"Ya Hâfiz!" on your doors ye grave;
In your hearts, too, these Scriptures have!





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