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

Oh, Thou, who Man of baser Earth didst...
Language: English  after the Persian (Farsi) 
Oh, Thou, who Man of baser Earth didst make,
And [who with Eden didst]1 devise the Snake:
For all the Sin [wherewith the Face of]2 Man
IS [blacken'd, Man's]3 Forgiveness give -- and take!

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1 second, third, and fourth editions: "ev'n with Paradise"
2 second edition: "the Face of wretched"
3 second edition: "black with -- Man's"

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This text was added to the website: 2011-06-22
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