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The Illustrated Omar Khayyam

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Rubaiyat#20 Oh, For the cup of oblivion!

Ah, my beloved, fill the cup that clears Today of past regrets and future fears- Tomorrow?-why tomorrow I may be Myself with yesterday’s sev’n thousand years. (Edward Fitzgerald translation)

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Rubaiyat#100 Yon Rising Moon Witnesseth

Yon rising moon that looks for us again- How oft hereafter will she wax and wane; How oft hereafter rising look for us Through this same garden-and for one in vain! (Edward Fitzgerald translation-fifth edition)

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Rubaiyat-Fifth ed- Quatrain#43

So when the Angel of the darker drink At last find you by the river-brink, And, offering his cup, invite your soul Forth to your lips to quaff-you shall not shrink. (Edward Fitzgerald translation-fifth edition)

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Rubaiyat#51 The Moving Finger

The moving finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on; nor all thy piety nor wit Shall lure it to cancel half a line, Nor all thy tears wash out a word of it. (Edward Fitzgerald translation-first edition)

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Rubaiyat#53-Fifth edition What’ll You when Unmade?

But if in vain, down on the stubborn floor Of Earth, and up to Heav’n’s unopening door, You gaze today, while you are you-how then Tomorrow, you when shall you be no more? (Edward Fitzgerald translation-fifth edition)

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Rubaiyat#52 Inverted Bowl

And that inverted bowl we call the sky, Whereunder crawling coop’t we live and die, Lift not thy hands to it for help-for it Rolls impotently on as Thou or I. (Edward Fitzgerald translation-first ed.,)

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