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

And that inverted Bowl we call The Sky
Language: English  after the Persian (Farsi) 
And that inverted Bowl we call The Sky,
Whereunder crawling coop't we live and die,
Lift not thy hands to It for help -- for it
[Rolls impotently on as Thou or I]1.

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1 second and third edition: "As impotently rolls as you or I"

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This text was added to the website: 2011-06-21
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Word count: 32