Siegfried August Mahlmann

Translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


ALLAH gives light in darkness,

  Allah gives rest in pain,

Cheeks that are white with weeping

  Allah paints red again.


The flowers and the blossoms wither.

  Years vanish with flying feet;

But my heart will live on forever,

  That here in sadness beat.


Gladly to Allah’s dwelling

  Yonder would I take flight;

There will the darkness vanish,

  There will my eyes have sight.

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