Would you that spangle of Existence spend About THE SECRET -- quick about it, Friend! A [Hair, they say,]1 divides the False and True -- And upon what, prithee, [does]2 Life depend?
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1 third and fourth editions: "Hair perhaps"
2 fourth edition: "may"
- by Edward Fitzgerald (1809 - 1883), no title, appears in The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, Second Edition, no. 50, appears in The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, Third Edition, no. 49, appears in The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, Fourth Edition, no. 49, first published 1868 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
- a text in Persian (Farsi) by Hakim Omar Khayyám (c1048 - c1122) [text unavailable]
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- by Granville Ransome Bantock, Sir (1868 - 1946), "Would you that spangle of Existence spend
", published 1906 [soli, chorus, and orchestra], from Omar Khayyám, Part I, no. 49, Leipzig, Breitkopf & Härtel [text not verified]
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