I must abjure the Balm of Life, I must, Scared by some After-reckoning ta'en on trust, Or lured with Hope of some Diviner Drink, [When the frail Cup is]1 crumbled into Dust!
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1 third and fourth editions: "To fill the Cup -- when"
- by Edward Fitzgerald (1809 - 1883), no title, appears in The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, Second Edition, no. 64, appears in The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, Third Edition, no. 62, appears in The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, Fourth Edition, no. 62, 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), "I must abjure the Balm of Life, I must", published 1906 [soli, chorus, and orchestra], from Omar Khayyám, Part I, no. 62, Leipzig, Breitkopf & Härtel [text not verified]
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