yo you!

أيا هازئاً من صنوف القدر
بنفسك تعنف لا بالقدر
ويا ضارباً صخرةً بالعصا
ضربت العصا أم ضربت الحجر

(مصطفى صادق عبد الرازق الرافعى ٬ بحر البسيط)

yo you! chastiser of the forms of fate:
it’s your own self you menace, not fate—
and o you, striking bedrock with a staff,
have you struck the staff, or have you struck the stone!

(Ar-raafi’y)

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