Sayed & Hiziya
The story of Romeo and Juliet has become universal, that of Antar and Abla marqued Arabic literature. When love and passion mingle poetry, tragic destinies, it can only give immortal stories, myths that are told over the centuries. But very few know the history of Hiziya and Sayed. A Bedouin Algerian Romance of around 1800, a true story became an ode to eternal love.
Hiziya Ahmeb Bel Bent el Bey lived in the south-eastern Algeria, in a village called Sidi Khaled. Daughter of a powerful tribe significant Douaouda, she fell in love with her cousin Sayed orphan, raised by his own father. Sayed was a famous rider who had it all. “When walked straight ahead, [..] it was admired by all.”
The love is mutual wore two lovers was intense and boundless. The beauty of Hiziya marked minds, hearts melted. A gorgeous girl, so beautiful that the suitors were constantly scroll and propose the dots higher than the others, but his heart was taken by Sayed.
Legend she lived in hiding this secret love of his family. She married Sayed, but shortly after, he went to fight and when he returned, she was waiting wearing a barnouss. Seeing from afar, he confused with an enemy he killed. Do not recovering this act, he sank into grief, crying Hiziya forever.
Another version tells that Hiziya Sayed and preparing their wedding grand ceremony was in full swing, fantasia, bridal and sublime. Sayed waiting for his sweetheart who had come with his family and the wonderful trousseau had prepared her father. On the path which was to lead to her husband, a boss, she refused to marry him, and his troops arrived, and fighting broke out. Hiziya died in the desert, all those who perished with him. The trousseau was looted. Sayed horse, nicknamed Lazreg, fled the procession, he was much loved by Hiziya. He arrived at douar or Sayed eagerly awaiting his bride, collapsed in front of his master and wept. Sayed including a misfortune had happened, he yelled the name of Hiziya. Arriving at the body of his beloved Sayed collapsed and he wrote the most beautiful poems, starting with:
“Friends, console me I just lost the most beautiful
of all the Beautiful queens. It lies under the ground.
A blazing fire burns in me!
My suffering is extreme. My heart went with the slim Hiziya. ” [..]” That life was sweet for us!
like a shadow, the young gazelle disappeared, in spite of myself! “
This tragic story has a wonderful lyric born in 1878. This poem has become a very beautiful song composed by Bedouin Ould Seghir and sung by the great Algerian song names: Ben Guitoun, Ababsa Abdel Hamid Ahmed and Khelifi Rabah Deriassa.
A story, a tragedy, a romance, a destiny … Written and sung on behalf of the slender Hiziya the Bedouin with big black eyes, tall and straight as a palm tree.