|The solemn oath referred to is to bury the hatchet and abandon enmity||The literal translation of the last sentence in this line is and they pounded the perfume of mansham amongst themselves|
|The Raqmatain are two regions near Basra||The tufts referred to can be of wool, hair or cotton|
The berries mentioned are close in description to huckleberries.30
|The thimble-filled of blood referred to is blood surgically let out, using the method of hijamma, or cupping, an ancient traditional method used for removing the unclean blood from the body||The Arabic word used for stones is athafi: three stones used to support a cooking utensil|
|if you stoke the fire of war and feed it with fresh acts of belligerence||the original word used is hawdh, a water basin, which I rendered a well|
The meaning of this line is very involved; perhaps it urges one to be astute and well prepared for all situations.
|The masters referred to, I believe, are the two chiefs of Quraish and Jurhum|