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PEARLS OF THE FAITH: 64. AL-KAIYUM, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: When the trumpet shall sound
Last Line: Thy grace against that day afford.
Subject(s): God; Islam

Magnify Him, Al-Kaîyum; and so call
The "Self-subsisting" God who judgeth all.

When the trumpet shall sound,
On that day,
The wicked, slow-gathering,
Shall say,
"Is it long we have lain in our graves?
For it seems as an hour!"
Then will Israfil call them to judgment;
And none shall have power
To turn aside, this way or that;
And their voices will sink
To silence, except for the sounding
Of a noise, like the noise on the brink
Of the sea, when its stones
Are dragged with a clatter and hiss
Down the shore, in the wild breaker's roar:
The sound of their woe shall be this!
Then they who denied
That He liveth Eternal, "Self-made,"
Shall call to the mountains to crush them;
Amazed and afraid.

Thou Self-subsistent, Living Lord!
Thy grace against that day afford.

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