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1 . I do call to witness this City;-

2 . And thou art a freeman of this City;-

3 . And (the mystic ties of) parent and child;-

4 . Verily We have created man into toil and struggle.

5 . Thinketh he, that none hath power over him?

6 . He may say (boastfully); Wealth have I squandered in abundance!

7 . Thinketh he that none beholdeth him?

8 . Have We not made for him a pair of eyes?-

9 . And a tongue, and a pair of lips?-

10 . And shown him the two highways?

11 . But he hath made no haste on the path that is steep.

12 . And what will explain to thee the path that is steep?-

13 . (It is:) freeing the bondman;

14 . Or the giving of food in a day of privation

15 . To the orphan with claims of relationship,

16 . Or to the indigent (down) in the dust.

17 . Then will he be of those who believe, and enjoin patience, (constancy, and self-restraint), and enjoin deeds of kindness and compassion.

18 . Such are the Companions of the Right Hand.

19 . But those who reject Our Signs, they are the (unhappy) Companions of the Left Hand.

20 . On them will be Fire vaulted over (all round).