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

So while the Vessels one by one were...
Language: English  after the Persian (Farsi) 
So while the Vessels one by one were speaking,
[One spied the little Crescent]1 all were seeking:
And then they jogg'd each other, "Brother! Brother!"
[Hark to]2 the Porter's Shoulder-knot a-creaking!"

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1 second edition: "One spied the little Crescent" ; third and fourth editions: "The little Moon look'd in that"
2 second, third, and fourth editions: "Now for"


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This text was added to the website: 2011-06-22
Line count: 4
Word count: 31