Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Kasîdah (couplets) of Hâjî Abdû Al-Yazdi



“Cease, man, to mourn, to weep, to wail;
Enjoy thy shining hour of sun;
We dance along Death's icy brink,
But is the dance less full of fun?”


Translation of an excerpt from The Kasîdah (couplets) of Hâjî Abdû Al-Yazdi by explorer and adventurer Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton


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He spoke dozens of languages fluently and wrote scores of books. He was (possibly) the first Westerner to sneak into Mecca. The scar is from when he had a spear pass through his face during one of his many misunderstandings with native tribesmen. For more on Sir Richard, see here.
 
 
 

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