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Abu Ben Adam
Posted by: Graham Frame (---.tnt1.murrieta.ca.da.uu.net)
Date: July 08, 2000 09:23PM

Can anyone help me find the words and author of this poem, it starts

Abu Ben Adam, may his tribe increase
Awoke one night fron a deep dream of peace
to see an angel writing in a book of gold

I don't remember the rest of the words but the gist of the poem is that those who love their fellow man are honoured. I read this poem over 50 years ago in a collection of poetry called the Grass of Panassus.

Thanks for your help


RE: Abu Ben Adam
Posted by: Chesil (---.ims.bt.net)
Date: July 09, 2000 05:04AM

The poem was written by leigh Hunt, an interesting man who spent time in prison and was also an associate of Shelley and Byron - he was one of those present at what must have been the surreal experience of the romantic period - Shelley's cremation on the beach.

Whatever, here is the poem:

Abou Ben Adhem

Abou Ben Adhem (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 made of all sweet accord,
Answered 'The names of those who love the Lord.'
'And is mine one?' said Abou. 'Nay, not so,'
Replied the angel. Abou spoke more low,
But cheerly still; and said,'I pray thee, then,
Write me as one that 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 love of God had blest,
And lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest.


RE: Abu Ben Adam
Posted by: Stuart (---.syd.pacific.net.au)
Date: July 09, 2000 05:17AM

The poem you are looking for is actually spelled "Abou Ben Adhem".
The author's name is [James] Leigh Hunt, and the poem can be found on the "Poet's Corner" web site at "http//:www.geocities.com/~spanoudi/poems/".

I hope this has been of help to you.


Stuart.


RE: Abu Ben Adam
Posted by: Graham Frame (---.tnt3.perris.ca.da.uu.net)
Date: July 16, 2000 11:15PM

Thank you so much
Graham


RE: Abu Ben Adam
Posted by: Peter Dick (---.mts.net)
Date: July 28, 2000 12:26AM

    Abou Ben Adhem<br />

by James Henry Leigh Hunt

Abou Ben Adhem (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 made of all sweet accord,
Answered “The names of those who love the Lord.”
”And is mine one?” said Abou. “Nay, not so,”
Replied the angel. Abou spoke more low,
But cheerly still, and said “I pray thee, then,
Write me as one that 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 love of God had blessed,
And lo! Ben Adhem’s name led all the rest.




Re: Abu Ben Adam
Posted by: eleanor pearson (78.145.48.---)
Date: August 05, 2008 06:50AM

Thank you for posting this question as this poem pope into my head at church a couple of Sundays ago. I read this at school about 45 years ago and it still is very moving.
Thanks
Eleanor


Re: Abu Ben Adam
Posted by: JohnnyBoy (71.249.169.---)
Date: August 05, 2008 10:09AM




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