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

Would you that spangle of Existence...
Language: English  after the Persian (Farsi) 
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"


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This text was added to the website: 2011-06-21
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Word count: 30