From the Rubaiyat



Awake! For the Morning in the Bowl of Night

Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight:

And Lo! The Hunter of the East has caught

The Sultan’s Turret in a Noose of Light.


Dreaming 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.”


And as the Cock crew, those who stood before

The Tavern shouted “Open then the Door!

You know how little while we have to stay,

And, once departed, may return no more.”


Persia, 1048-1131

Translated by Edward FitzGerald (first edition)


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