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 blessed,
And lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest.

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by James Henry Leigh Hunt

Comments (57)

I had to memorize this poem in elementary school (1950's) and for some reason the first few lines popped into my head last night and I had to check out this site to read the whole poem.
Love it so much, learnt it from primary school
I had to learn this poem whilst at school 60 years ago and had forgotten some of the words. Brings back happy memories.
I too learned this poem from my father in 6th grade. 1958
This is very ossam story
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