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

Think, in this batter'd Caravanserai
Language: English  after the Persian (Farsi) 
Think, in this batter'd Caravanserai,
Whose [Portals]1 are alternate Night and Day,
How Sultan after Sultan with his Pomp,
Abode his [destined hour]2 and went his way.

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1 in the first edition alone: "Doorways"
2 in the first edition alone: "Hour or two"

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