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

Ah, but my Computations, People say
Language: English  after the Persian (Farsi) 
Ah, but my Computations, People say,
[Have squared the Year to human compass, eh?
If so, by]1 striking from the Calendar
Unborn To-morrow and dead Yesterday.

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1 third and fourth editions: "Reduced the Year to better reckoning? -- Nay,/ 'Twas only"


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