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

I must abjure the Balm of Life, I must
Language: English  after the Persian (Farsi) 
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"

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