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PEARLS OF THE FAITH: 43. ALLAH-AL-KARIM, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, man! What hath beguiled
Last Line: Quicken, ah, quicken love in us.
Subject(s): God; Islam


Allah-al-Karîm! Bountiful Lord! we bless
By this good name Thy loving kindnesses.

Oh, man! what hath beguiled,
That thou shouldst stray
From the plain easy way
Of Allah's service, being Allah's child?
When thou wert not,
And when thou wast a clot,
He did foresee thee, and did fashion thee
From heel to nape,
Giving thee this fair shape,
Composing thee in wondrous symmetry—
More than thy mother—in the form thou wearest;
Nearer to thee than what on earth is nearest.
Kinder than kin is He—
Wilt thou forgetful be?

Ya Karîm! since Thou lovest thus,
Quicken, ah, quicken love in us.





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