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" I can recite to you, for each letter of the alphabet, one hundred long poems rhyming in that letter, without taking into count the short pieces, and all that composed exclusively by poets who lived before the promulgation of Islamism. "
Ibn Khallikan's Biographical Dictionary - Page 470
by Ibn Khallikān - 1843
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Calcutta Review, Volume 54

1872
...asked him how much poetry he knew by heart, and Hammad replied, ' A great deal more than I can tell ; but I can recite to you for each letter of the alphabet,...poems rhyming in that letter, without taking into account the short pieces ; and all these composed exclusively by poets who lived before the promulgationof...
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A Literary History of the Arabs

Reynold Alleyne Nicholson - 1995 - 506 pages
...miscellaneous learning. It is related, for example, that Hammad once said to the Caliph Walid b. Yazid : " I can recite to you, for each letter of the alphabet,...letter, without taking into count the short pieces, and ail that composed exclusively by poets who lived before the promulgation of Islamism." He commenced...
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