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Fairuz in her Beyrouthian garden of an afternoon in May PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 August 2009 19:06

Composed by Richard Mc Sweeney* - Member of Al Waref Advisory Board
Dedicated to Al Waref

A poem about the legendary singer Fairuz!

Ah, yes, now I remember; yes, now I clearly recall.
How of a glorious May dawn here in my beloved Beyrouth,
There did appear there before my eyes in that almond tree, an angel of the Lord who did say unto me,
“Nuriyah, beloved of the Almighty,
Be not anxious, for I am sent to thee as a messenger of God.
From before the womb the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a voice of love, light n’ remembrance for thy people;
For thy people who dwell here upon the land n’ for those away from her in painful exile.
From Jabal al Arz to Zuqaq el Blatt the Lord thy God has loved thee n’ will always love thee.
A time is coming Nuriyah when thy will stand as a majestic white cloud upon the snowy summit of Mount Hermon.
Above thee will be the compassionate blue sky n’ below the faithful land of Lubnan.
And at that time thy will smilingly say in thy heart,
‘My people it was not I of my own accord that did make it to this great height, less you should think it so;
Oh, no it was not I, but the grace of the Almighty working within me; yes, n’ it was your unwavering love for me that has elevated me here to within hearing distance of Angels’ Sanctuary.’
Yet, Nuriyah, beloved of the Almighty. 
Afore all this will come to pass a dagger will severely wound thy heart;
For thy people will for a time be letting themselves be with full forgetfulness of the love n’ generosity of the Lord their God.
During this hour be with them, but sing not for them; sing not for them until they turn their hearts again to trusting in the Lord.
And when this veil of tears will have been removed from them, thy must come again among them n’ sing to them with all thy heart of how the Lord hath blessed them with riches untold;
had never forsaken them n’ would again be with returning them to an even greater glory than in the days of yore.
Yes, sing to them from thy beauteous heart of the love of the Lord thy God for thee.
And with listening to thy divinely imbued voice the Lord thy God will be with moving their hearts back to the faith of Lubnan: Blessed land throughout the Ages;
back to the faith of its golden shoreline, flower garden fields n’ cedar snowy slopes.”
Ah, yes, now I remember; yes, now I clearly recall.


{Source: Unto Lineage Royal}

*Short bio:
Richard Mc Sweeney a native of the beautiful isle of Eire (Ireland) is a self-originating author of six books. Having lived for several years in the Far East, and in the Middle East respectively he enjoys producing works of wisdom, philosophy, and prevision.

He holds a BA degree in Korean Language & Literature, and a MA degree in Chinese Philosophical Taoism both of which were conducted through the mediums of Korean and Classical Chinese.

While living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates respectively he fell in love with the desert, and the culture and traditions of the region. It was during his college days in Ireland that he was first introduced to the writings of Gibran Khalil Gibran. This was to begin a relationship that has grown in appreciation down through the years as evident in his style and writing temperament. In many ways Mc Sweeney’s writings are very Khalil Gibranean, yet they have something ‘other’ also; something very Richard Mc Sweeneyan about them, in that they have this lovely lightness and humorous charm that makes for non-confrontational encounters between he and his reader.  

His work Myriam of Lebanon is a lyrical philosophy of ambiance steadfastly established on Gibran Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet. A second book which is also strongly influenced by his time in Arabia is A Jesus of Nazareth in which he set out to write of a Jesus that would be of his own inspiration, and, who to his own heart would be eminently credible, enjoyable, and profound. His other works include Generations Reaching, Hearing in the Write, and his two-volume work Innkeeper’s Fire. This year he brought out Unto Lineage Royal from which the above powerful poem ◊ Fairuz in her Beyrouthian garden of an afternoon in May ◊ is taken.

His next major literary project which he began writing from early August 2009 will have as its setting the beautiful northern Levant. Daily he shares excerpts from this work on Facebook.

Mc Sweeney would greatly welcome interest in this work from literary agents and publishers worldwide, but especially from those based in the Middle East or have Middle Eastern affiliations. A wish would be to have his works translated someday into Arabic.

To learn more about Richard Mc Sweeney, and his enigmatic writings, please visit his website: Rivers2c.

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