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RELIGION, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hassan bedriddin, clad in rags, ill-shod
Last Line: "it is the only place where I am not."
Subject(s): Public Worship; Church Attendance

Hassan Bedriddin, clad in rags, ill-shod,
Sought the great temple of the living God.
The worshippers arose and drove him forth,
And one in power beat him with a rod.

"Allah," he cried, "thou seest what I got;
Thy servants bar me from the sacred spot."
"Be comforted," the Holy One replied;
"It is the only place where I am not."

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