My 87 yr old mother-in-law fondly remembers poems of her childhood but can't quite get it all. One line that stands out is "woke one night from a deep dream of peace". Another phrase includes "may his tribe increase". Title of poem is something like "Abu Ben Autumn". My spelling could be way off here!!! Any help or hints would be very much appreciated. Thanks... this is our first posting!
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 cheerily still; and said, "I pray thee, then,
Write me as one who loves his fellow men."
The Angel wrote, and vanished. The next night
It came again with a great wakening light,
And shoed the names whom love of God had blessed,
And, lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest!
Leigh Hunt (1784-1859)
Thank you so much! My mother-in-law is so excited to know the rest of the poem now.... she's making notes of many others for me to post! Thanks again.
That's definitely the one - but can I be so bold as to correct a few typos? "Showed" instead of "shoed" in the second to last line, and although it looks odd, it's actually "cheerly" instead of "cheerily". I expect he had to drop a syllable to make it scan - they tended to do that a lot in those days.