by Hakim Omar Khayyám (c1048 - c1122)
Translation by Edward Fitzgerald (1809 - 1883)

The worldly hope men set their Hearts...
Language: English  after the Persian (Farsi) 
The worldly hope men set their Hearts upon
Turns Ashes, or it prospers; and anon
Like Snow upon the Desert's dusty face,
Lighting a little hour or two -- [is]1 gone.

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1 Fitzgerald has "was" in the second and third editions.


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  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Francisco Mignone.

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This text was added to the website: 2006-04-08
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Word count: 30