Abu midjan

Eugene Field 1850 (St. Louis) – 1895 (Chicago)



When Father Time swings round his scythe,
 Entomb me 'neath the bounteous vine,
So that its juices, red and blithe,
 May cheer these thirsty bones of mine.

"Elsewise with tears and bated breath
 Should I survey the life to be.
But oh! How should I hail the death
 That brings that--vinous grace to me!"

So sung the dauntless Saracen,
 Whereat the Prophet-Chief ordains
That, curst of Allah, loathed of men,
 The faithless one shall die in chains.

But one vile Christian slave that lay
 A prisoner near that prisoner saith:
"God willing, I will plant some day
 A vine where liest thou in death."

Lo, over Abu Midjan's grave
 With purpling fruit a vine-tree grows;
Where rots the martyred Christian slave
 Allah, and only Allah, knows!

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Scheme ABXB CDCD BEXE FAFC GEGE
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 722
Words 130
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Eugene Field

Eugene Field, Sr. was an American writer, best known for his children's poetry and humorous essays. more…

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