when that Angel of the darker Drink At last shall find you by the river-brink


istanbul tulip festival

istanbul tulip festival

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

41

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.

42

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.

43

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.

44

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?

45

‘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.

46

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.

47

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.

48

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!

Omer Hayyam

by Edward FitzGerald

taken by Pentax K10D, at Istanbul

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One response to “when that Angel of the darker Drink At last shall find you by the river-brink

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