Rubaiyat

Omar Khayyam

Rubaiyat

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Where the WHITE HAND OF MOSES on the Bough Puts out. Iram indeed is gone with all his Rose. Now the New Year reviving old Desires. Methought a Voice within the Tavern cried. I. • CI. • TAMAM. Drives Night along with them from Heav'n. But still a Ruby kindles in the Vine. I. • XCVI. And.Rubaiyat • XCIV. II. as the Cock crew. WAKE! For the Sun. And many a Garden by the Water blows. "Why nods the drowsy Worshiper outside?" III. once departed. • XCV. "When all the Temple is prepared within. V. Before the phantom of False morning died. • XCVII. And. 3 . and strikes The Sultan's Turret with a Shaft of Light. who scatter'd into flight The Stars before him from the Field of Night. • C. And Jamshyd's Sev'n−ring'd Cup where no one knows." IV. • XCVIII. The thoughtful Soul to Solitude retires. and Jesus from the Ground suspires. • XCIX. those who stood before The Tavern shouted"Open then the Door! "You know how little while we have to stay. may return no more.

Whether at Naishapur or Babylon. A Book of Verses underneath the Bough. Well. 4 . XI. Or Hatim call to Supperheed not you. IX. you say: Yes. The Wine of Life keeps oozing drop by drop. Where name of Slave and Sultan is forgot And Peace to Mahmud on his golden Throne! XII.Rubaiyat VI. VII. Wilderness were Paradise enow! VI. let it take them! What have we to do With Kaikobad the Great. but where leaves the Rose of Yesterday? And this first Summer month that brings the Rose Shall take Jamshyd and Kaikobad away. With me along the strip of Herbage strown That just divides the desert from the sown. but in divine High−piping Pehlevi. with "Wine! Wine! Wine! "Red Wine!"the Nightingale cries to the Rose That sallow cheek of hers to' incarnadine. and in the fire of Spring Your Winter garment of Repentance fling: The Bird of Time has but a little way To flutterand the Bird is on the Wing. VIII. Each Morn a thousand Roses brings. The Leaves of Life keep falling one by one. Come. a Loaf of Breadand Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness Oh. X. And David's lips are lockt. or Kaikhosru? Let Zal and Rustum bluster as they will. Whether the Cup with sweet or bitter run. fill the Cup. A Jug of Wine.

"into the world I blow. take the Cash. At once the silken tassel of my Purse Tear. Ah. The Worldly Hope men set their Hearts upon Turns Ashesor it prospers. XVII. and its Treasure on the Garden throw. and went his way. Nor heed the rumble of a distant Drum! XIV." XV. Look to the blowing Rose about us"Lo. Laughing. in this batter'd Caravanserai Whose Portals are alternate Night and Day. XIII. And those who husbanded the Golden grain. I sometimes think that never blows so red The Rose as where some buried Caesar bled. Think. XIX. Men want dug up again. 5 . but cannot break his Sleep. that great Hunterthe Wild Ass Stamps o'er his Head. How Sultan after Sultan with his Pomp Abode his destined Hour." she says. Some for the Glories of This World. Alike to no such aureate Earth are turn'd As. buried once. They say the Lion and the Lizard keep The courts where Jamshyd gloried and drank deep: And Bahram.Rubaiyat XIII. XVI. Like Snow upon the Desert's dusty Face. Lighting a little hour or twois gone. and some Sigh for the Prophet's Paradise to come. and let the Credit go. and anon. That every Hyacinth the Garden wears Dropt in her Lap from some once lovely Head. And those who flung it to the winds like Rain. XVIII.

my Beloved. their Words to Scorn Are scatter'd." XXVI.Rubaiyat XX. "Fools! your Reward is neither Here nor There. Ah. Have drunk their Cup a Round or two before. And one by one crept silently to rest. A Muezzin from the Tower of Darkness cries. 6 . Before we too into the Dust descend. Sans Wine. Why. all the Saints and Sages who discuss'd Of the Two Worlds so wiselythey are thrust Like foolish Prophets forth. and their Mouths are stopt with Dust. To−morrow I may be Myself with Yesterday's Sev'n thousand Years. Alike for those who for TO−DAY prepare. and under Dust to lie. fill the Cup that clears TO−DAY of past Regrets and future Fears: To−morrowWhy. the loveliest and the best That from his Vintage rolling Time hath prest. sans Song. Ourselves must we beneath the Couch of Earth Descendourselves to make a Couchfor whom? XXIV. andsans End! XXV. XXII. XXIII. make the most of what we yet may spend. Ah. For some we loved. that now make merry in the Room They left. And those that after some TO−MORROW stare. Dust into Dust. and Summer dresses in new bloom. XX. And we. And this reviving Herb whose tender Green Fledges the River−Lip on which we lean Ah. lean upon it lightly! for who knows From what once lovely Lip it springs unseen! XXI. sans Singer.

hither hurried Whence? And. Whither hurried hence! Oh. Nor rolling Heaven. many a Cup of this forbidden Wine Must drown the memory of that insolence! XXXI. with all his Signs reveal'd And hidden by the sleeve of Night and Morn. But not the Master−knot of Human Fate. And with mine own hand wrought to make it grow. And this was all the Harvest that I reap'd "I came like Water. XXX. without asking. of their Lord Forlorn. like Water willy−nilly flowing. XXVIII. XXVII. What. And out of it. There was the Door to which I found no Key. Up from Earth's Center through the Seventh Gate I rose. and on the Throne of Saturn sate. XXXII. Earth could not answer. 7 . Into this Universe. as Wind along the Waste. and Why not knowing Nor Whence. willy−nilly blowing. XXXIII. without asking. And many a Knot unravel'd by the Road. and heard great argument About it and about: but evermore Came out by the same door where in I went. nor the Seas that mourn In flowing Purple. There was the Veil through which I might not see: Some little talk awhile of ME and THEE There wasand then no more of THEE and ME. Myself when young did eagerly frequent Doctor and Saint. With them the seed of Wisdom did I sow. and like Wind I go." XXIX. I know not Whither.Rubaiyat XXVII.

And has not such a Story from of Old Down Man's successive generations roll'd Of such a clod of saturated Earth Cast by the Maker into Human mold? XXXIX. that with fugitive Articulation answer'd. and Ah! the passive Lip I kiss'd." XXXVI. and long ago. And not a drop that from our Cups we throw For Earth to drink of. pray!" XXXVIII. you never shall return. once did live. And drink. I lifted up my hands to find A lamp amid the Darkness. As then the Tulip for her morning sup Of Heav'nly Vintage from the soil looks up. How many Kisses might it takeand give! XXXVII. the Secret of my Life to learn: And Lip to Lip it murmur'd"While you live. once dead. For I remember stopping by the way To watch a Potter thumping his wet Clay: And with its all−obliterated Tongue It murmur'd"Gently. 8 .Rubaiyat XXXIV. and I heard. "Drink!for. Do you devoutly do the like. till Heav'n To Earth invert youlike an empty Cup. I think the Vessel. but may steal below To quench the fire of Anguish in some Eye There hiddenfar beneath. XL. gently. XXXIV. As from Without"THE ME WITHIN THEE BLIND!" XXXV. Then to the Lip of this poor earthen Urn I lean'd. Brother. Then of the THEE IN ME who works behind The Veil.

The Sultan rises.Rubaiyat XLI. but the long. And lose your fingers in the tresses of The Cypress−slender Minister of Wine. and will pour. the Lip you press. And. To−morrow's tangle to the winds resign. Oh. and the dark Ferrash Strikes. XLIV. The Eternal Saki from that Bowl has pour'd Millions of Bubbles like us. Why. if the Soul can fling the Dust aside. and prepares it for another Guest. XLVI. So when that Angel of the darker Drink At last shall find you by the river−brink. End in what All begins and ends inYes. long while the World shall last. Which of our Coming and Departure heeds As the Sea's self should heed a pebble−cast. XLI. When You and I behind the Veil are past. offering his Cup. XLVII. And naked on the Air of Heaven ride. Think then you are TO−DAY what YESTERDAY You wereTO−MORROW you shall not be less. invite your Soul Forth to your Lips to quaffyou shall not shrink. Were't not a Shamewere't not a Shame for him In this clay carcass crippled to abide? XLV. And fear not lest Existence closing your Account. And if the Wine you drink. XLIII. should know the like no more. Perplext no more with Human or Divine. XLII. 9 . 'Tis but a Tent where takes his one day's rest A Sultan to the realm of Death addrest. and mine.

Better be jocund with the fruitful Grape Than sadden after none. Whose secret Presence through Creation's veins Running Quicksilver−like eludes your pains. while You are Youhow then TO−MORROW. Yes. and up to Heav'n's unopening Door. and a single Alif were the clue Could you but find itto the Treasure−house. behold. Friend! A Hair perhaps divides the False from True And upon what. Would you that spangle of Existence spend About THE SECRETquick about it. prithee. You gaze TO−DAY. XLIX. nor in the vain pursuit Of This and That endeavor and dispute. A Moment's Halta momentary taste Of BEING from the Well amid the Waste And Lo!the phantom Caravan has reach'd The NOTHING it set out fromOh. And peradventure to THE MASTER too. LI. LII.Rubaiyat XLVIII. Taking all shapes from Mah to Mahi and They change and perish allbut He remains. Waste not your Hour. He doth Himself contrive. down on the stubborn floor Of Earth. for the Pastime of Eternity. enact. may life depend? L. 10 . A Hair perhaps divides the False and True. A moment guessedthen back behind the Fold Immerst of Darkness round the Drama roll'd Which. LIII. make haste! XLIX. But if in vain. when You shall be You no more? LIV. or bitter. Fruit.

then. should we not? And if a Cursewhy. Reduce the Year to better reckoning?Nay. be this Juice the growth of God. Divorced old barren Reason from my Bed. LXI. Came shining through the Dusk an Angel Shape Bearing a Vessel on his Shoulder. by the Tavern Door agape. And lately. And took the Daughter of the Vine to Spouse. You know. That all the misbelieving and black Horde Of Fears and Sorrows that infest the Soul Scatters before him with his whirlwind Sword. The Grape that can with Logic absolute The Two−and−Seventy jarring Sects confute: The sovereign Alchemist that in a trice Life's leaden metal into Gold transmute. LVII. People say. 11 . who dare Blaspheme the twisted tendril as a Snare? A Blessing. Allah−breathing Lord. we should use it. LX. For "Is" and "Is−not" though with Rule and Line And "UP−AND−DOWN" by Logic I define. by my Computations. Of all that one should care to fathom. I was never deep in anything butWine. my Friends. Ah. LVIII. The mighty Mahmud.Rubaiyat LV. Why. and He bid me taste of it. and 'twasthe Grape! LIX. with what a brave Carouse I made a Second Marriage in my house. 'Twas only striking from the Calendar Unborn To−morrow and dead Yesterday. Who set it there? LV. LVI.

Rubaiyat LXII. and as Prophets burn'd. I must abjure the Balm of Life. One thing is certain and the rest is Lies. Cast on the Darkness into which Ourselves. I must. LXVIII. shall so soon expire. and to Sleep return'd. Of threats of Hell and Hopes of Paradise! One thing at least is certainThis Life flies. LXVI. To fill the Cupwhen crumbled into Dust! LXIII. So late emerged from. awoke from Sleep They told their comrades. And answer'd "I Myself am Heav'n and Hell:" LXVII. LXV. LXIV. We are no other than a moving row Of Magic Shadow−shapes that come and go Round with the Sun−illumined Lantern held In Midnight by the Master of the Show. which. The Revelations of Devout and Learn'd Who rose before us. Strange. is it not? that of the myriads who Before us pass'd the door of Darkness through. Which to discover we must travel too. LXII. 12 . And Hell the Shadow from a Soul on fire. Heav'n but the Vision of fulfill'd Desire. Or lured with Hope of some Diviner Drink. Some letter of that After−life to spell: And by and by my Soul return'd to me. I sent my Soul through the Invisible. Are all but Stories. Scared by some After−reckoning ta'en on trust. The Flower that once has blown for ever dies. Not one returns to tell us of the Road.

nor why: Drink! for you know not why you go. LXXII. Hither and thither moves. and checks. He knows about it allHE knowsHE knows! LXXI. LXIX. Over the flaming shoulders of the Foal Of Heav'n Parwin and Mushtari they flung. and slays. LXXV. YESTERDAY This Day's Madness did prepare. Triumph. I tell you thisWhen. LXX. 13 . But Here or There as strikes the Player goes. And there of the Last Harvest sow'd the Seed: And the first Morning of Creation wrote What the Last Dawn of Reckoning shall read. In my predestined Plot of Dust and Soul. And He that toss'd you down into the Field. And one by one back in the Closet lays. And that inverted Bowl they call the Sky. and. nor where. With Earth's first Clay They did the Last Man knead. started from the Goal. having writ. Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it. Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line. Whereunder crawling coop'd we live and die. The Moving Finger writes. The Ball no question makes of Ayes and Noes. Lift not your hands to It for helpfor It As impotently moves as you or I. TO−MORROW's Silence. LXXIII.Rubaiyat LXIX. LXXIV. But helpless Pieces of the Game He plays Upon this Chequer−board of Nights and Days. or Despair: Drink! for you not know whence you came.

What! from his helpless Creature be repaid Pure Gold for what he lent him dross−allay'd Sue for a Debt he never did contract. As under cover of departing Day Slunk hunger−stricken Ramazan away. And this I know: whether the one True Light Kindle to Love. or Wrath consume me quite. Once more within the Potter's house alone LXXVI. Thou wilt not with Predestined Evil round Enmesh. under pain Of Everlasting Penalties. if broke! LXXIX. who Man of baser Earth didst make. And ev'n with Paradise devise the Snake: For all the Sin wherewith the Face of Man Is blacken'dMan's forgiveness giveand take! ************************ LXXXII. 14 . The Vine had struck a fiber: which about It clings my Beinglet the Dervish flout.Rubaiyat LXXVI. LXXVIII. What! out of senseless Nothing to provoke A conscious Something to resent the yoke Of unpermitted Pleasure. and then impute my Fall to Sin! LXXXI. who didst with pitfall and with gin Beset the Road I was to wander in. Of my Base metal may be filed a Key That shall unlock the Door he howls without. LXXVII. Oh Thou. One Flash of It within the Tavern caught Better than in the Temple lost outright. Oh Thou. And cannot answerOh the sorry trade! LXXX.

15 ." murmured one. and 'twill all be well." LXXXIX. Shapes of all Sorts and Sizes. LXXXIII. And He that with his hand the Vessel made Will surely not in after Wrath destroy." LXXXVI. Then said a Second"Ne'er a peevish Boy Would break the Bowl from which he drank in joy. Said one among them"Surely not in vain My substance of the common Earth was ta'en And to this Figure molded. and who the Pot?" LXXXVIII. great and small. "Well. Whereat some one of the loquacious Lot I think a Sufi pipkinwaxing hot "All this of Pot and PotterTell me then." LXXXV. LXXXIV. pray. but never talk'd at all. LXXXIII. to be broke. My Clay with long Oblivion is gone dry: But fill me with the old familiar Juice. and some Listen'd perhaps. "Let whoso make or buy." said another. And some loquacious Vessels were. That stood along the floor and by the wall. Or trampled back to shapeless Earth again. surrounded by the Shapes of Clay.Rubaiyat I stood. "Why. "Some there are who tell Of one who threatens he will toss to Hell The luckless Pots he marr'd in makingPish! He's a Good Fellow. "They sneer at me for leaning all awry: What! did the Hand then of the Potter shake?" LXXXVII. Who is the Potter. After a momentary silence spake Some Vessel of a more ungainly Make.

So while the Vessels one by one were speaking.Rubaiyat Methinks I might recover by and by. And robb'd me of my Robe of HonorWell. with the Grape my fading life provide. And sold my reputation for a Song. XCIII. Repentance oft before I sworebut was I sober when I swore? And then and then came Spring. indeed. And much as Wine has play'd the Infidel. I wonder often what the Vintners buy One half so precious as the stuff they sell. shrouded in the living Leaf. and Rose−in−hand My thread−bare Penitence apieces tore. By some not unfrequented Garden−side. XCIV. XCII. 16 . Indeed. XCV. That ev'n buried Ashes such a snare Of Vintage shall fling up into the Air As not a True−believer passing by But shall be overtaken unaware." XC. Indeed the Idols I have loved so long Have done my credit in this World much wrong: Have drown'd my Glory in a shallow Cup. Ah. And wash the Body whence the Life has died. "Brother! Brother! Now for the Porter's shoulders' knot a−creaking!" ******************** XCI. XC. And lay me. The little Moon look'd in that all were seeking: And then they jogg'd each other.

And make the stern Recorder otherwise Enregister. that Spring should vanish with the Rose! That Youth's sweet−scented manuscript should close! The Nightingale that in the branches sang. and whither flown again. And when like her. oh Saki. And in your joyous errand reach the spot Where I made Oneturn down an empty Glass! TAMAM. yet indeed. As springs the trampled herbage of the field! XCVIII. reveal'd. To which the fainting Traveler might spring. Yon rising Moon that looks for us again How oft hereafter will she wax and wane. Would but some winged Angel ere too late Arrest the yet unfolded Roll of Fate. who knows! XCVII. 17 . Would but the Desert of the Fountain yield One glimpseif dimly. you shall pass Among the Guests Star−scatter'd on the Grass. or quite obliterate! XCIX. Would not we shatter it to bitsand then Re−mold it nearer to the Heart's Desire! C. Ah whence. XCVI. Ah Love! could you and I with Him conspire To grasp this sorry Scheme of Things entire. Yet Ah.Rubaiyat XCVI. How oft hereafter rising look for us Through this same Gardenand for one in vain! CI.

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