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Omar Khayyám, Part II

Word count: 566

Song Cycle by Granville Ransome Bantock, Sir (1868 - 1946)

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1. The Revelations of Devout and Learn'd [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English after the Persian (Farsi)

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The Revelations of Devout and Learn'd
Who rose before us, and as Prophets burn'd,
Are all but Stories, which, awoke from Sleep
They told their fellows, and to Sleep return'd.


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2. I sent my Soul through the Invisible [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English after the Persian (Farsi)

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I sent my Soul through the Invisible,
Some [letter]1 of that After-life to spell,
And [by and by my Soul return'd to me]2
And [answer'd: I]3 myself am Heav'n and Hell.


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1 Lehmann: "secret"
2 second edition: "after many days my Soul return'd"
3 second edition: "said, Behold"

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3. Heav'n but the vision of fulfilled Desire [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English after the Persian (Farsi)

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Heav'n but the vision of fulfilled Desire
And Hell the Shadow from a Soul on fire,
Cast on the Darkness into which ourselves,
So late emerged from, shall so soon expire.


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4. We are no other than a moving row [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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We are no other than a moving row
Of [visionary Shapes]1 that come and go
Round with this Sun-illumin'd Lantern held
In Midnight by the Master of the Show;


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2 third and fourth editions: "Magic Shadow-shapes"

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5. But helpless Pieces of the Game He plays [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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But helpless Pieces of the Game He plays
Upon this Chequer-board of Nights and Days;
Hither and thither moves, and checks, and slays;
And one by one back in the Closet lays.


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6. The Ball no Question makes of Ayes and Noes [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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The Ball no Question makes of Ayes and Noes,
But [Right or Left]1, as strikes the Player goes;
And He that toss'd [Thee]2 down into the Field,
He knows about it all -- HE knows --- HE knows!


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1 fourth edition: "Here or There"
2 second, third, fourth edition: "you"

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7. The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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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.


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8. And that inverted Bowl we call The Sky [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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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]1.


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1 second and third edition: "As impotently rolls as you or I" ; third edition: "As impotently moves as you or I"

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9. With Earth's first Clay They did the Last Man knead [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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With Earth's first Clay They did the Last Man knead,
And then of the Last Harvest sow'd the Seed:
Yea, the first Morning of Creation wrote
What the Last Dawn of Reckoning shall read.


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10. Yesterday This Day's Madness did prepare [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Yesterday This Day's Madness did prepare;
To-morrow's Silence, Triumph, or Despair:
Drink! for you know not whence you came, nor why:
Drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.


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11. I tell you this -- when, started from the Goal [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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I tell you this -- when, started from the Goal,
Over the flaming shoulders of the Foal 
Of Heav'n Parwin and Mushtari they flung,
In my predestin'd Plot of Dust and Soul.


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12. The Vine had struck a Fibre; which about [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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The Vine had struck a Fibre; which about
If clings my Being -- let the [Stiff]1 flout;
Of my Base Metal may be filed a Key,
That shall unlock the Door he howls without.


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1 second, third, and fourth editions: "Dervish"

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13. And this I know: whether the one True Light [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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And this I know: whether the one True Light,
Kindle to Love, or Wrath consume me quite,
One [Glimpse]1 of It within the Tavern caught
Better than in the Temple lost outright.


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1 second, third, and fourth editions: "Flash"

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14. What! out of senseless Nothing to provoke [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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What! out of senseless Nothing to provoke
A conscious Something to resent the yoke
Of unpermitted Pleasure, under pain
Of Everlasting Penalties, if broke!


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15. What! from his helpless Creature be repaid [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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What! from his helpless Creature be repaid
Pure Gold for what he lent us dross-allay'd --
Sue for a Debt we never did contract,
And cannot answer--Oh the sorry trade!


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16. Oh, Thou, who Man of baser Earth didst make [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Oh, Thou, who Man of baser Earth didst make,
And [who with Eden didst]1 devise the Snake:
For all the Sin [wherewith the Face of]2 Man
IS [blacken'd, Man's]3 Forgiveness give -- and take!


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1 second, third, and fourth editions: "ev'n with Paradise"
2 second edition: "the Face of wretched"
3 second edition: "black with -- Man's"

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16. Oh, Thou, who didst with Pitfall and with Gin [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Oh, Thou, who didst with Pitfall and with Gin
Beset the Road I was to wander in,
Thou wilt not [Predestination]1 round
[Enmesh me, and]2 impute my Fall to Sin?


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1 second and third editions: "Predestin'd Evil" ; fourth edition: "Predestined Evil"
2 second, third, and fourth editions: "Enmesh, and then"

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17. Oh, Thou, who Man of baser Earth didst make [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Oh, Thou, who Man of baser Earth didst make,
And [who with Eden didst]1 devise the Snake:
For all the Sin [wherewith the Face of]2 Man
IS [blacken'd, Man's]3 Forgiveness give -- and take!


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1 second, third, and fourth editions: "ev'n with Paradise"
2 second edition: "the Face of wretched"
3 second edition: "black with -- Man's"

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