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

Said one ‑‑ "Folks of a surly Tapster...
Language: English  after the Persian (Farsi) 
Said one -- "Folks of a surly [Tapster]1 tell,
"And daub his Visage with the Smoke of Hell;
"They talk of some [strict Testing]2 of us --- Pish!
"He's a Good Fellow, and 'twill all be well."

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1 second edition: "Master"
2 second edition: "sharp trial"

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