The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Edward FitzGerald (Fifth Edition)


Perplext no more with Human or Divine,
To-morrow's tangle to the winds resign,
   And lose your fingers in the tresses of
The Cypress-slender Minister of Wine.


And if the Wine you drink, the Lip you press,
End in what All begins and ends in-Yes;
   Think then you are To-DAY what YESTERDAY
You were-TO-MORROW you shall not be less.


So when that Angel of the darker Drink
At last shall find you by the river-brink,
    And, offering his Cup, invite your Soul
Forth to your Lips to quaff-you shall not shrink.


Why, if the Soul can fling the Dust aside,
And naked on the Air of Heaven ride,
   Were't not a Shame-were't not a Shame for him
In this clay carcase crippled to abide?


'Tis but a Tent where takes his one day's rest
A Sultan to the realm of Death addrest;
    The Sultan rises, and the dark Ferrash
Strikes, and prepares it for another Guest.


And fear not lest Existence closing your
Account, and mine, should know the like no more;
   The Eternal Saki from that Bowl has pour'd
Millions of Bubbles like us, and will pour.


When You and I behind the Veil are past,
Oh, but the long, long while the World shall last,
    Which of our Coming and Departure heeds
As the Sea's self should heed a pebble-cast.


A Moment's Halt-a momentary taste
Of BEING from the Well amid the Waste-
   And Lo!-the phantom Caravan has reach'd
The NOTHING it set out from-Oh, make haste!

Iran Online Khayyam Poems