Come, fill the Cup, and in the Fire of Spring
The Winter Garment of Repentance fling:
The Bird of Time has but a little way
To fly---and Lo! the Bird is on the Wing.
We are here for a short time. What is the use of wallowing in repentance? Especially in repentance of imaginary 'sins' that have harmed no-one.
Time spent being miserable, or making others miserable, is time wasted. Instead of worrying about future things we cannot know anything about, we should enjoy ourselves, and each other, now.
Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse---and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness---
And Wilderness is Paradise enow.
. . .
Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend,
Before we too into the Dust descend;
Dust into Dust, and under Dust, to lie,
Sans Wine, sans Song, sans Singer, and---sans End!
And to the many here that have told me - "you'll regret your unbelief when it's too late", I say, - you will regret your lost opportunities when it's too late. Enjoy life, with old Omar Khayyam.
"Zero is such a crazy concept,
Aryabahatta taught man there is no need to regret."
I don't know Arybahatta, but I like Omar Khayyam's philosophy.
Indian mathematician, saint, sage, philosopher considered the founder of the concept Zero.
I like Omar Khayyam as well , he has a tendency to mix his alcohol with divine love.
Many interpretations of Omar Khayyam are possible
True but I see divinity in his words. The essence of poetry.
Mohit - you see divinity everywhere I don't follow you there, but I do see the one-ness of the cosmos, with no evidence of personal gods built in man's image.
A philosophy I agree with wholeheartedly...
When reading Omar I always wonder what he really wrote, before some of the rather awkward and forced rhyming was laid on...
From what I understand, he left over a thousand verses (in farsi) which were not all connected, though of course some were. Fitzgerald appears to have studied them and collated those that seemed to cohere best. Personally, I think his first version is inspired, and more poetic than his second.
I think if you had to sum up his philosophy, "a caring hedonism laced with nihilism" would come fairly close. I like his outlook.
Now, about that glass of wine...
Heard of that great Persian poet a lot but never read him. I am glad you shared this great piece of poetry.
Khayam, if you are intoxicated with wine, enjoy!
If you are seated with a lover of thine, enjoy!
In the end, the Void the whole world employ
Imagine thou art not, while waiting in line, enjoy!
To Enjoy is the clue, for a happy life.
I'm an admirer of Ommar Khayyam. Even Fitzgerald's verses are incredibly good, I prefer the tranlation from the original
Enjoying life also prolongs life. Laughter and enthusiasm are rejuvenating forces.
Can you read the original farsi? Or do you mean you prefer FitzG's original to his second version - I do too.
The translation from the original, I think it's his first translation. I don't have the book with me, because all my belongings were burnt in a fire.
OK. In fact, it's still a selective translation, because the original doesn't really exist, except as a vast legacy of Omar's fragments. But FitsG did a brilliant job on it! Sorry to hear about the fire.
Thanks ! I survived As I don't care for material things It wasn't that terrible. The only thing I regret is That I lost all my paintings. All I've painted and draw during my entire life. I'm a painter and writer.
Rotten luck, just the same. I'm used to living without possessions because they are all in UK and I'm in Qatar, where I refuse to build an empire that I'd have to dismantle when I leave. Guitars though, I can't live without a guitar
Sorry you lost the paintings. I don't know what to say.... That is such a loss! I would feel that more than if I lost a Picasso!
Anxiously I began this course
With life my awe grew even worse
Unwillingly returned with force
What was the point, I ask my source.
You'll notice, in the standard Rubaiyat
you start off with a couplet, just like that!
and then you have a line that doesn't rhyme
before you rhyme the last, to finish, pat
But the serious point of posting this was that Omar Khayyam's philosophy of life is very hard to argue against. And I notice that so far no-one has tried?
O friend, for the morrow let us not worry
This moment we have now, let us not hurry
When our time comes, we shall not tarry
With seven thousand-year-olds, our burden carry.
So wonderfully expressed...
We tend it understand the 'truth' and 'depth' in Khayyam's philosophy as we grow older. We tend to value fleeting moments as they slip through our fingers right in front of our eyes.
Speak for yourself. I liked and understood Khayyam since I was a teenager. Beauty and wit is not only for old people
that which is done in love never dies
though many rise against it in vain
love laughs at the enemies aligned
sees the hatred of men and cries
These four stanzas from the Rubaiyat seem particularly appropriate for the Religion Forum:
Why, all the Saints and Sages who discuss'd
Of the Two Worlds so learnedly, are thrust
Like foolish Prophets forth; their Words to Scorn
Are scatter'd, and their Mouths are stopt with Dust.
. . .
Oh, come with old Khayyam, and leave the Wise
To talk; one thing is certain, that Life flies;
One thing is certain, and the Rest is Lies;
The Flower that once has blown for ever dies.
. . .
Myself when young did eagerly frequent
Doctor and Saint, and heard great Argument
About it and about: but evermore
Came out by the same Door as in I went.
. . .
With them the Seed of Wisdom did I sow,
And with my own hand labour'd it to grow:
And this was all the Harvest that I reap'd---
"I came like Water, and like Wind I go."
Because, people, our only certainty is death. Whatever we may believe about afterlives and other worlds, is so much conjecture.
But - a flask of wine, a loaf of bread, and Thou
There's true comfort and peace there.
Earnest - I think, when people accept the possibility that this life is all there is, that in turn opens the possibility of a true appreciation of it. And our so-called "hard-wired religiosity" is easily turned to serve poetry, art, music, or simply a love of life, love and good company.
I just couldn't resist this! This old copy is one of my prized possessions.
[The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.]
Thanks Shalini - that's probably the most famous stanza, or at least it's up there with "A flask of wine, a loaf of bread, and Thou". Why am I not surprised that you are also a lover of this great work?
Cool words. The masters do have emotion and do cry.
Thank you Paraglider
I guard this copy with my life - but couldn't resist taking it out and posting a picture of that page!
Love utters nothing in vain.
So when you hear love, it remains forever with you.
Love does have a voice, a sound, a tone.
Silence is music ~ go study it.
~ Shiyloh ~
Nice thread, Paraglider - a nice and civil appreciation of fine art and enjoying life.
Most poetry passes me by, but even I love Omar - one of the many reasons that I want to visit Iran/Persia one day. It is many, many years since I read any of his work and I do plan to return to it.
Have to work through a few more Greek dramatists, historians and philosophers, first
Shalini: Beautiful book and a real treasure. Do you want to swap it for an authentic Greek copy of the Iliad (Circa 2006)?
And yet, The Rubaiyat can be read in FitzGerald's translation in the space of about 20 minutes - I'm sure you can find time enough for that
No worries - found it on Gutenberg, so will have a read in the evening with a nice glass of Retsina
That's the spirit. And here, two weeks into a dry Qatar Ramadan, the prospect of this week's trip to London & Amsterdam will come as a welcome relief I'm feeling like one of Omar's clay vessels:
Then said another with a long-drawn Sigh,
"My Clay with long oblivion is gone dry:
"But, fill me with the old familiar Juice,
"Methinks I might recover by-and-bye!"
How very lovely to come onto a forum filled with poetry and civility. Makes a nice change!
Not very old - 1954 - but well read
Sufidreamer you wish
It's got all 5 editions included and best of all, illustrations by Robert Stewart Sherriffs - the Punch illustrator who also did Marlowe's Tamburlaine. Couldn't resist a couple more
No Paraglider - he seems to have done them for all 5 together - there are 6 in all. This one is from the 5th edition. The 'moving finger' one is from the 1st.
I only know because they're all in here - the first is my favourite!
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