PARAPHRASE OF CAP. 93, AL-KORAN

PARAPHRASE OF CAP. 93, AL-KORAN
ENTITLED, “THE BRIGHTNESS,”
REVEALED AT MECCA.

BY C. J. KEMEYS TYNTE, ESQ., M. P.

By the brightness of morn, when the day-spring is blushing,
  And bathed is creation in roseate light;
By the stillness and gloom which all nature is hushing,
  When spread are the wings of the angel of night
    — Allah swears, O Mahomed! he ne’er will forsake thee!

Though thy mortal career may be laden with sorrow,
  Yet think of the glories that wait thee above;
When the ills of to-day shall be changed on the morrow
  For bliss, in the realms of the Lord of thy love.
    — Allah swears, O Mahomed! he ne’er will forsake thee!

Encompassed by danger, an orphan he found thee;
  A wanderer in error thou wast in thy youth,
When he flung (as a mantle) his mercy around thee,
  And guided thy steps to the temple of truth.
    — Allah swears, O Mahomed! he ne’er will forsake thee!

Thou wast needy and poor, but he freely has given:
  Then scorn not the beggar, nor orphan oppress;
But learn from the light that is lent thee from heaven,
  To cherish the outcast, and pity distress.
    — Allah swears, O Mahomed! he will not forsake thee!

——From Heath’s Book of Beauty for 1837.