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Pre-Islamic Poetry 2

لعمرك ما أدري وإني لأوجل       على أينا تعدو المنية أول

By your life, I do not know – though certainly I assuredly dread – on which of us will the fate [of death] strike first


Meaning: He is saying to his companion: I swear to you by your life I certainly do not know – though I am afraid – whom amongst us will death befall before it befalls his companion.

What the poet means is that this life is short and a person is prone to death at every moment, so it is unbefitting that we spend our lives in abandonment and severance.

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