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There, where the Garden of Irem lies,
THE BIRTH OF THE HORSE.
FROM THE ARABIC.
The South Wind blows from Paradise —
A wind of fire and force ; And yet his proudest merit is
That he begat the Horse.
When Allah's breath created first
The noble Arab steed, The conqueror of all his race
In courage and in speed,
To the South Wind He spake : From thee
A creature shall have birth, To be the bearer of my arms
And my renown on Earth.
The pride of all the Faithful, he
The terror of their foes :
In battle and repose.
Then to the perfect Horse He spake :
Fortune to thee I bring ;
Shall to thy forelock cling.
Without a pinion winged thou art,
And fleetest with thy load ; Bridled art thou without a rein,
And spurred without a goad.
Men shall bestride thee who have made
Their fame, their service, mine; And, when they pray upon their way, Their
prayers shall count as thine.
The worship which thy master speaks
Thou sharest silently; By mutual fate he rises up,
Or falls to Earth with thee.
THE WISDOM OF ALI.
AN ARAB LEGEXD.
The Prophet once, sitting in calm debate,
Now, when the first his bold demand did make, These were the words which Ali straightway spake :
“ Wisdom is the inheritance of those Whom Allah favors ; riches, of his foes.”
Unto the second he said : “ Thyself must be Guard to thy wealth; but Wisdom guardeth thee.”
Unto the third : “By Wisdom wealth is won ;
Unto the fourth : “ Thy goods the thief may take ; But into Wisdom's house he cannot break.”
Unto the fifth : “ Thy goods decrease the more
Unto the sixth : “ Wealth tempts to evil ways ;
Unto the seventh : “Divide thy wealth, each part
Unto the eighth : “ Wealth cannot keep itself;