(may his tribe increase!)
Awoke one night
from a deep dream of peace.
And saw within the moonlight in his room,
Making it rich,
and like a lily in bloom,
An angel writing in a book of gold: ~
Exceeding peace
had made Ben Adhem bold,
And to the presence in the room
he said, “What writest thou?”
~ The vision raised its head,
And with a look of sweet accord,
Answered, “The names of those
that love the Lord.”
“And is mine one?” said Abou.
“Nay not so,” replied the angel.
Abou spoke more low,
But cheerily still; and said,
“I pray thee then,
Write me as one
who loves his fellow men.”

The angel wrote and vanished.
The next night It came again
with a great wakening light,
And showed the names
whom God had blessed,
And lo! Ben Adhems’s name
led all the rest.

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