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Abou Ben Adhem 
This poem is written by a famous poet  "James Henry Leigh Hunt".

About author  "James Henry Leigh Hunt"


 
James Henry Leigh Hunt























  
James Henry Leigh Hunt was a English poet and great writer .He was born at south gate London in 19 october 1784.His father was a lawyer.He educated from christ's hospital.He worked in his brother's News paper(Examiner).He wrote many essays in "Examiner" .These essays were then collected in a book "The round table". He married in 1810 and he had ten children.He was in prison for two years as a result of attack on prince reagend.
In 1818 appeared a collection of poems entitled "Foliage", followed in 1819 by "Hero and Leander", and "Bacchus" and "Ariadne". In the same year he reprinted these two books with "The Story of Rimini "and "The Descent of Liberty" .The Indicator was his best book  in which some of his best work appeared. 
Keats and shellay were his friends who were also great poets and writers. They all were liberal and he actually went prison due to his poems about liberty. He died on 28 August 1859.He was a great poet.
Poem (Abou bin Adhem) Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
 And saw, within the moonlight of 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 who love of God had blessed, 
And lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest. 

Explaination of poem ( Abou bin Adhem ) 

In this poem the poet describes an event in the life of Abou Beh Adhem. This is a very famous poem written by Leigh Hunt. 
The poet wants to impress upon us the importance of kindness and love to our fellow beings. He says that it is through the love of fellowmen that we can get the blessings of God's love.
He was a pious man and the leader of a tribe. 
The poet relates an event in the life of Abou Ben Adhem as an example. Abou was a Pious man. He was the leader of a tribe. He was loving and gentle to his people. He was selfless and did good to everyone.
In this poem the poet describes an event in the life of Abou Beh Adhem. He was a pious man and the leader of a tribe. He had a meeting with an angel who was writing the names of those people who loved God. Abou's name was not in it. 
Abou requested the angel to write his name as one who loved his fellowmen. The angel did so and vanished. The next night the angel came again into his room and showed him the names of those who had been blessed by God's love. Abou Ben Adhem's name was at the top of the list.
 It means if you want to get God's love, you should love your fellow beings. Abou was a Pious man. He was the leader of a tribe. He was loving and gentle to his people. He was selfless and did good to everyone.

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