Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam is a collection of poems (of which there are about a thousand) attributed to the Persian mathematician and astronomer Omar Khayyám (1048-1123). "Rubaiyat" means "quatrains": verses of four lines.
Fitzgerald translation, version 1
- Morning when dawn's left hand was in the sky
I heard a voice within the tavern cry
Awake my little ones and fill the cup
Before life's liquor in its cup be dry.
- Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough
A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse, and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!
- Quatrain XI
- The Moving Finger writes, and having writ
Moves on, nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a line
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.
- Quatrain LI