Oh Egypt

In honor of the first day of Ramadan, we present this work by one of Egypt’s great Muslim poets.

Mahmoud Samy El Baroudi
1839 – 1904


Oh Egypt, may your shadow be extended
and your soil be drenched
with the pure water of the Nile.
you are the sanctuary of my people
and the branching place of my family,
the playground of my age-mate
and the race course of my horses.
A country in which youth took off
the amulet of my childhood and
hung the scabbard of my sword on my shoulder .
I felt behind in it noble kinsmen
and neighbors whose image
comes back to me every morning.
I felt the sweetness of life after their
departure and said farewell to the soft flower of youth.

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