Arabian Poetry, by W. A. Clouston, , at sacred-texts.com
Ye who now, with footsteps keen,
Range through Hope's delusive field,
Tell us what the smiling scene
To your ardent grasp can yield?
Other youths have oft before
Deemed their joys would never fade,
Till themselves were seen no more—
Swept into oblivion's shade.
Who, with health and pleasure gay,
E’er his fragile state could know,
Were not age and pain to say—
Man is but the child of woe?