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ash-Shu`ara` (The Poets)
as rendered by Edward Henry Palmer
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Edward Henry Palmer rendition of Surah The Poets(ash-Shu`ara`)
26:1 T. S. M.
26:2 Those are the signs of the perspicuous Book;
26:3 haply thou art vexing thyself to death that they will not be believers!
26:4 If we please we will send down upon them from the heaven a sign, and their necks shall be humbled thereto.
26:5 But there comes not to them any recent Reminder from the Merciful One that they do not turn away from.
26:6 They have called (thee) liar! but there shall come to them a message of that at which they mocked.
26:7 Have they not looked to the earth, how we caused to grow therein of every noble kind?
26:8 verily, in that is a sign; but most of them will never be believers!
26:9 but, verily, thy Lord He is mighty and merciful.
26:10 And when thy Lord called Moses (saying), 'Come to the unjust people,
26:11 to the people of Pharaoh, will they not fear?'
26:12 Said he, 'My Lord! verily, I fear that they will call me liar;
26:13 and my breast is straitened, and my tongue is not fluent; send then unto Aaron,
26:14 for they have a crime against me, and I fear that they may kill me.'
26:15 Said He, 'Not so; but go with our signs, verily, we are with you listening.
26:16 'And go to Pharaoh and say, "Verily, we are the apostles of the Lord of the worlds
26:17 (to tell thee to) send with us the children of Israel."'
26:18 And he said, 'Did we not bring thee up amongst us as a child? and thou didst dwell amongst us for years of thy life;
26:19 and thou didst do thy deed which thou hast done, and thou art of the ungrateful!'
26:20 Said he, 'I did commit this, and I was of those who erred.
26:21 'And I fled from you when I feared you, and my Lord granted me judgment, and made me one of His messengers;
26:22 and this is the favour thou hast obliged me with, that thou hast enslaved the children of Israel!'
26:23 Said Pharaoh, 'Who is the Lord of the worlds?'
26:24 Said he, 'The Lord of the heavens and the earth and what is between the two, if ye are but sure.'
26:25 Said he to those about him, 'Do ye not listen
26:26 Said he, 'Your Lord and the Lord of your fathers of yore!'
26:27 Said he, 'Verily, your apostle who is sent to you is surely mad!'
26:28 Said he, 'The Lord of the east and of the west, and of what is between the two, if ye had but sense!'
26:29 Said he, 'If thou dost take a god besides Me I will surely make thee one of the imprisoned!'
26:30 Said he, 'What, if I come to thee with something obvious?'
26:31 Said he, 'Bring it, if thou art of those who tell the truth!'
26:32 And he threw down his rod, and, behold, it was an obvious serpent!
26:33 and he plucked out his hand, and, behold, it was white to the spectators!
26:34 He said to the chiefs around him, 'Verily, this is a knowing sorcerer,
26:35 he desires to turn you out of your land! what is it then ye bid?'
26:36 They said, 'Give him and his brother some hope, and send into the cities to collect
26:37 and bring to thee every knowing sorcerer.'
26:38 And the sorcerers assembled at the appointed time on a stated day,
26:39 and it was said to the people, 'Are ye assembled?
26:40 haply we may follow the sorcerers if we gain the upper hand.'
26:41 And when the sorcerers came they said to Pharaoh, 'Shall we, verily, have a hire if we gain the upper hand?'
26:42 Said he, 'Yes; and, verily, ye shall then be of those who are nigh (my throne).'
26:43 And Moses said to them, 'Throw down what ye have to throw down.'
26:44 So they threw down their ropes and their rods and said, 'By Pharaoh's might, verily, we it is who shall gain the upper hand!'
26:45 And Moses threw down his rod, and, lo, it swallowed up what they falsely devised!
26:46 And the sorcerers threw themselves down, adoring.
26:47 Said they, 'We believe in the Lord of the worlds,
26:48 the Lord of Moses and Aaron!'
26:49 Said he, 'Do ye believe in Him ere I give you leave? Verily, he is your chief who has taught you sorcery, but soon ye shall know. I will surely cut off your hands and your feet from opposite sides, and I will crucify you all together!'
26:50 They said, 'No harm; verily, unto our Lord do we return!
26:51 verily, we hope that our Lord will forgive us our sins, for we are the first of believers!'
26:52 And we inspired Moses, 'Journey by night with my servants; verily, ye are pursued.'
26:53 And Pharaoh sent into the cities to collect;
26:54 'Verily, these are a small company.
26:55 And, verily, they are enraged with us;
26:56 but we are a multitude, wary!
26:57 'Turn them out of gardens and springs,
26:58 and treasuries, and a noble station!' -
26:59 thus, - and we made the children of Israel to inherit them.
26:60 And they followed them at dawn;
26:61 and when the two hosts saw each other, Moses' companions said, 'Verily, we are overtaken!'
26:62 Said he, 'Not so; verily, with me is my Lord, He will guide me.'
26:63 And we inspired Moses, 'Strike with thy rod the sea;' and it was cleft asunder, and each part was like a mighty mountain.
26:64 And then we brought the others.
26:65 And we saved Moses and those with him all together;
26:66 then we drowned the others;
26:67 and that is a sign: but most of them will never be believers!
26:68 And, verily, thy Lord He is mighty, merciful.
26:69 And recite to them the story of Abraham;
26:70 when he said to his father and his people, 'What do ye serve?'
26:71 They said, 'We serve idols, and we are still devoted to them.
26:72 He said, 'Can they hear you when ye call,
26:73 or profit you, or harm?'
26:74 They said, 'No; but we found our fathers doing thus.'
26:75 He said, 'Have ye considered what ye have been serving,
26:76 ye and your fathers before you?
26:77 Verily, they are foes to me, save only the Lord of the worlds,
26:78 who created me and guides me,
26:79 and who gives me food and drink.
26:80 And when I am sick He heals me;
26:81 He who will kill me, and then bring me to life;
26:82 and who I hope will forgive me my sins on the day of judgment!
26:83 Lord, grant me judgment, and let me reach the righteous;
26:84 and give me a tongue of good report amongst posterity;
26:85 and make me of the heirs of the paradise of pleasure;
26:86 and pardon my father, verily, he is of those who err;
26:87 and disgrace me not on the day when they are raised up again;
26:88 the day when wealth shall profit not, nor sons,
26:89 but only he who comes to God with a sound heart.
26:90 And paradise shall be brought near to the pious;
26:91 and hell shall be brought forth to those who go astray,
26:92 and it shall be said to them, "Where is what ye used to worship
26:93 beside God? can they help you, or get help themselves? "
26:94 And they shall fall headlong into it, they and those who have gone astray,
26:95 and the hosts of Iblis all together!
26:96 'They shall say, while they quarrel therein,
26:97 "By God! we were surely in an obvious error,
26:98 when we made you equal to the Lord of the worlds!
26:99 but it was only sinners who led us astray.
26:100 But we have no intercessors
26:101 and no warm friend;
26:102 but had we a turn we would be of the believers."' -
26:103 Verily, in that is a sign, but most of them will never be believers;
26:104 and, verily, thy Lord He is mighty and merciful.
26:105 The people of Noah said the apostles were liars,
26:106 when their brother Noah said to them, 'Will ye not fear?
26:107 verily, I am a faithful apostle to you;
26:108 then fear God and obey me.
26:109 I do not ask you for it any hire; my hire is only with the Lord of the worlds.
26:110 So fear God and obey me.'
26:111 They said, 'Shall we believe in thee, when the reprobates follow thee?'
26:112 He said, 'I did not know what they were doing;
26:113 their account is only with my Lord, if ye but perceive.
26:114 And I am not one to drive away the believers,
26:115 I am only a plain warner.'
26:116 They said, 'Verily, if thou desist not, O Noah! thou shalt surely be of those who are stoned!'
26:117 Said he, 'My Lord! verily, my people call me liar;
26:118 open between me and between them an opening, and save me and those of the believers who are with me!'
26:119 So we saved him and those with him in the laden ark,
26:120 then we drowned the rest;
26:121 verily, in that is a sign, but most of them will never be believers;
26:122 and, verily, thy Lord He is mighty and merciful.
26:123 And 'Ad called the apostles liars;
26:124 when their brother Hud said to them, 'Will ye not fear?
26:125 Verily, I am to you a faithful apostle;
26:126 then fear God and obey me.
26:127 I do not ask you for it any hire; my hire is only with the Lord of the worlds.
26:128 Do ye build on every height a landmark in sport,
26:129 and take to works that haply ye may be immortal?
26:130 'And when ye assault ye assault like tyrants;
26:131 but fear God and obey me;
26:132 and fear Him who hath
26:133 given you an extent of cattle and sons,
26:134 and gardens and springs.
26:135 Verily, fear for you the torment of a mighty day!'
26:136 They said, 'It is the same to us if thou admonish or art not of those who do admonish;
26:137 this is nothing but old folks' fictions, for we shall not be tormented!'
26:138 And they called him liar!
26:139 but we destroyed them. Verily, in that is a sign, but most of them will never be believers.
26:140 And, verily, thy Lord is mighty, merciful.
26:141 Thamud called the apostles liars;
26:142 when their brother Zalih said to them, 'Do ye not fear?
26:143 verily, I am to you a faithful apostle;
26:144 so fear God and obey me.
26:145 I do not ask you for it any hire; my hire is only with the Lord of the worlds.
26:146 Shall ye be left here in safety
26:147 with gardens and springs,
26:148 and corn-fields and palms,
26:149 the spathes whereof are fine? and ye hew out of the mountains houses skillfully.
26:150 But fear God and obey me;
26:151 and obey not the bidding of the extravagant,
26:152 who do evil in the earth and do not act aright!'
26:153 They said, 'Thou art only of the infatuated;
26:154 thou art but mortal like ourselves; so bring us a sign, if thou be of those who speak the truth!'
26:155 He said, 'This she-camel shall have her drink and you your drink on a certain day;
26:156 but touch her not with evil, or there will seize you the torment of a mighty day!'
26:157 But they hamstrung her, and on the morrow they repented;
26:158 and the torment seized them; verily, in that is a sign; but most of them will never be believers:
26:159 but verily, thy Lord He is mighty, merciful.
26:160 The people of Lot called the apostles liars;
26:161 when their brother Lot said to them, 'Do ye not fear?
26:162 verily, I am to you a faithful apostle;
26:163 then fear God and obey me.
26:164 I do not ask you for it any hire; my hire is only with the Lord of the worlds.
26:165 Do ye approach males of all the world
26:166 and leave what God your Lord has created for you of your wives? nay, but ye are people who transgress!'
26:167 They said, 'Surely, if thou dost not desist, O Lot! thou shalt be of those who are expelled!'
26:168 Said he, 'Verily, I am of those who hate your deed;
26:169 my Lord! save me and my people from what they do.'
26:170 And we saved him and his people all together,
26:171 except an old woman amongst those who lingered.
26:172 Then we destroyed the others;
26:173 and we rained down upon them a rain; and evil was the rain of those who were warned.
26:174 Verily, in that is a sign; but most, of them will never be believers.
26:175 And, verily, thy Lord He is mighty, merciful, compassionate.
26:176 The fellows of the Grove called the apostles liars;
26:177 Sho'haib said to them, 'Will ye not fear?
26:178 verily, I am to you a faithful apostle,
26:179 then fear God and obey me.
26:180 I do not ask you for it any hire; my hire is only with the Lord of the worlds.
26:181 Give good measure, and be not of those who diminish;
26:182 and weigh with a fair balance,
26:183 and do not cheat men of their goods; and waste not the land, despoiling it;
26:184 and fear Him who created you and the races of yore!'
26:185 Said they, 'Thou art only of the infatuated;
26:186 and thou art only a mortal like ourselves; and, verily, we think that thou art surely of the liars;
26:187 so make a portion of the heaven to fall down upon us, if thou art of those who tell the truth!'
26:188 Said he, 'My Lord knows best what ye do!'
26:189 but they called him liar, and the torment of the day of the shadow seized them; for it was the torment of a mighty day:
26:190 verily, in that is a sign; but most of them will never be believers;
26:191 but, verily, thy Lord He is mighty, merciful!
26:192 And, verily, it is a revelation from the Lord of the worlds;
26:193 the Faithful Spirit came down with it
26:194 upon thy heart, that thou shouldst be of those who warn;-
26:195 in plain Arabic language,
26:196 and, verily, it is (foretold) in the scriptures of yore!
26:197 Have they not a sign, that the learned men of the children of Israel recognise it?
26:198 Had we sent it down to any barbarian,
26:199 and he had read it to them, they would not have believed therein.
26:200 Thus have we made for it a way into the hearts of the sinners;
26:201 they will not believe therein until they see the grievous woe!
26:202 and it shall come to them suddenly while they do not perceive!
26:203 They will say, 'Shall we be respited?-
26:204 What! do they wish to hasten on our torment?'
26:205 What thinkest thou? if we let them enjoy themselves for years,
26:206 and then there come to them what they are threatened,
26:207 that will not avail them which they had to enjoy!
26:208 But we do not destroy any city without its having warners
26:209 as a reminder, for we are never unjust.
26:210 The devils did not descend therewith;
26:211 it is not fit work for them; nor are they able to do it.
26:212 Verily, they are deposed from listening;
26:213 call not then with God upon other gods, or thou wilt be of the tormented;
26:214 but warn thy clansmen who are near of kin.
26:215 And lower thy wing to those of the believers who follow thee;
26:216 but if they rebel against thee, say, 'Verily, I am clear of what ye do,'
26:217 and rely thou upon the mighty, merciful One,
26:218 who sees thee when thou dost stand up,
26:219 and thy posturing amongst those who adore'.
26:220 Verily, He both bears and knows!
26:221 Shall I inform you upon whom the devils descend?
26:222 they descend upon every sinful liar,
26:223 and impart what they have heard; but most of them are liars.
26:224 And the poets do those follow who go astray!
26:225 Dost thou not see that they wander distraught in every vale?
26:226 and that they say that which they do not do?
26:227 save those who believe, and do right, and remember God much, and defend themselves after they are wronged; but those who do wrong shall know with what a turn they shall be turned.


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