‘Excerpt from Nizar Qabbani’s Book of Love’

Arabic-English translation of a short excerpt from Nizar Qabbani’s “Book of Love”

جميع ما قالوه عني…صحيح
جميع ما قالوه عن سمعتي
في العشق والنساء…قول صحيح
لكنهم لم يعرفوا أنني
أنزف في حبك مثل المسيح


Everything they said about me…is correct
Everything they said about my reputation
In love and women…is true
However, they didn’t know that
I am weakened in your love, like the messiah

Translated by Kevin Moore.


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