Three Quatrains from the "Rubáiyát" of Omar Khayyám

Song Cycle by (Robert) Houston Bright (1916 - 1970)

Word count: 97

1. Ah, with the Grape my fading Life provide[sung text not yet checked]

Ah, with the Grape my fading Life provide,
And wash [my]1 Body whence the Life has died,
[And in a Windingsheet of Vine-leaf wrapt,
So bury me by some sweet Garden-side]2.

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1 third and fourth editions: "the"
2 second, third, and fourth editions: "And lay me, shrouded in the living Leaf,/ By some not unfrequented Garden-side."

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2. Ah, moon of my delight, who know'st no wane[sung text not yet checked]

Ah, moon of my delight, [who know'st]1 no wane,
The moon of Heav'n is rising once again:
How oft hereafter rising shall she look
Through this same garden after me - in vain!

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1 Lehmann: "that knows"

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3. And when Thyself with shining Foot shall pass[sung text not yet checked]

And when Thyself with shining Foot shall pass
Among the Guests Star-scatter'd on the Grass,
And in thy joyous Errand reach the Spot
Where I made one - turn down an empty Glass!

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