“well,”. Murmur’d One, “let Whoso Make Or Buy, – Omar Khayyam

“Well,”. murmur’d one, “Let whoso make or buy, “My Clay with long Oblivion is gone dry: “But fill me with the old familiar Juice “Methinks…

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‘tis But A Tent Where Takes His One Day’s Rest – Omar Khayyam

‘Tis but a Tent where takes his one day’s rest A Sultán to the realm of Death addrest; The Sultán rises, and the dark Ferrásh…

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You Know, My Friends, With What A Brave Carouse – Omar Khayyam

You know, my Friends, with what a brave Carouse I made a Second Marriage in my house; Divorced old barren Reason from my Bed, And…

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Yon Rising Moon That Looks For Us Again– – Omar Khayyam

Yon rising Moon that looks for us again– How oft hereafter will she wax and wane; How oft hereafter rising look for us Through this…

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Yet Ah, That Spring Should Vanish With The Rose! – Omar Khayyam

Yet Ah, that Spring should vanish with the Rose! That Youth’s sweet-scented manuscript should close! The Nightingale that in the branches sang, Ah whence, and…

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Yesterday This Day’s Madness Did Prepare; – Omar Khayyam

YESTERDAY This Day’s Madness did prepare; TO-MORROW’S Silence, Triumph, or Despair: Drink! for you know not whence you came, nor why: Drink! for you know…

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Would You That Spangle Of Existence Spend – Omar Khayyam

Would you that spangle of Existence spend About THE SECRET–quick about it, Friend! A Hair perhaps divides the False and True– And upon what, prithee,…

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Would But The Desert Of The Fountain Yield – Omar Khayyam

Would but the Desert of the Fountain yield One glimpse–if dimly, yet indeed, reveal’d, To which the fainting Traveller might spring, As springs the trampled…

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Would But Some Wingéd Angel Ere Too Late – Omar Khayyam

Would but some wingéd Angel ere too late Arrest the yet unfolded Roll of Fate, And make the stern Recorder otherwise Enregister, or quite obliterate!

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With Them The Seed Of Wisdom Did I Sow, – Omar Khayyam

With them the seed of Wisdom did I sow, And with mine own hand wrought to make it grow; And this was all the Harvest…

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With Me Along The Strip Of Herbage Strown – Omar Khayyam

With me along the strip of Herbage strown That just divides the desert from the sown, Where name of Slave and Sultan is forgot– And…

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With Earth’s First Clay They Did The Last Man Knead – Omar Khayyam

With Earth’s first Clay They did the Last Man knead And there of the Last Harvest sow’d the Seed: And the first Morning of Creation…

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Why, If The Soul Can Fling The Dust Aside, – Omar Khayyam

Why, if the Soul can fling the Dust aside, And naked on the Air of Heaven ride, Were’t not a Shame–were’t not a Shame for…

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Why, Be This Juice The Growth Of God, Who Dare – Omar Khayyam

Why, be this Juice the growth of God, who dare Blaspheme the twisted tendril as a Snare? A Blessing, we should use it, should we…

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Why, All The Saints And Sages Who Discuss’d – Omar Khayyam

Why, all the Saints and Sages who discuss’d Of the Two Worlds so wisely–they are thrust Like foolish Prophets forth; their Words to Scorn Are…

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Whose Secret Presence, Through Creation’s Veins – Omar Khayyam

Whose secret Presence, through Creation’s veins Running Quicksilver-like eludes your pains; Taking all shapes from Máh to Máhi; and They change and perish all but…

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Whether At Naishápúr Or Babylon, – Omar Khayyam

Whether at Naishápúr or Babylon, Whether the Cup with sweet or bitter run, The Wine of Life keeps oozing drop by drop, The Leaves of…

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Whereat Some One Of The Loquacious Lot– – Omar Khayyam

Whereat some one of the loquacious Lot– I think a Súfi pipkin–waxing hot– “All this of Pot and Potter–Tell me, then, “Who is the Potter,…

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When You And I Behind The Veil Are Past, – Omar Khayyam

When You and I behind the Veil are past, Oh, but the long, long while the World shall last, Which of our Coming and Departure…

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What, Without Asking, Hither Hurried Whence – Omar Khayyam

What, without asking, hither hurried Whence And, without asking, Whither hurried hence! Oh, many a Cup of this forbidden Wine Must drown the memory of…

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What! Out Of Senseless Nothing To Provoke – Omar Khayyam

What! out of senseless Nothing to provoke A conscious Something to resent the yoke Of unpermitted Pleasure, under pain Of Everlasting Penalties, if broke!

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What! From His Helpless Creature Be Repaid – Omar Khayyam

What! from his helpless Creature be repaid Pure Gold for what he lent him dross-allay’d— Sue for a Debt he never did contract, And cannot…

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Well, Let It Take Them! What Have We To Do – Omar Khayyam

Well, let it take them! What have we to do With Kaikobád the Great, or Kaikhosrú? Let Zál and Rustum bluster as they will, Or…

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Waste Not Your Hour, Nor In The Vain Pursuit – Omar Khayyam

Waste not your Hour, nor in the vain pursuit Of This and That endeavour and dispute; Better be jocund with the fruitful Grape Than sadden…

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We Are No Other Than A Moving Row – Omar Khayyam

We are no other than a moving row Of Magic Shadow-shapes that come and go Round with the Sun-illumined Lantern held In Midnight by the…

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Wake! For The Sun, Who Scatter’d Into Flight – Omar Khayyam

Wake! For the Sun, who scatter’d into flight The Stars before him from the Field of Night, Drives Night along with them from Heav’n, and…

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They Say The Lion And The Lizard Keep – Omar Khayyam

They say the Lion and the Lizard keep The Courts where Jamshyd gloried and drank deep: And Bahrám, that great Hunter–the Wild Ass Stamps o’er…

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Up From Earth’s Centre Through The Seventh Gate – Omar Khayyam

Up from Earth’s Centre through the Seventh Gate I rose, and on the Throne of Saturn sate, And many a Knot unravel’d by the Road;…

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Think, In This Batter’d Caravanserai – Omar Khayyam

Think, in this batter’d Caravanserai Whose Portals are alternate Night and Day, How Sultán after Sultán with his Pomp Abode his destined Hour, and went…

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There Was The Door To Which I Found No Key; – Omar Khayyam

There was the Door to which I found no Key; There was the Veil through which I might not see: some little talk awhile of…

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Then To The Lip Of This Poor Earthen Urn – Omar Khayyam

Then to the Lip of this poor earthen Urn I lean’d, the Secret of my Life to learn: And Lip to Lip it murmur’d–“While you…

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Then Said A Second–“ne’er A Peevish Boy – Omar Khayyam

Then said a Second–“Ne’er a peevish Boy “Would break the Bowl from which he drank in joy; “And He that with his hand the Vessel…

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Then Of The Thee In Me Who Works Behind – Omar Khayyam

Then of the THEE IN ME who works behind The Veil, I lifted up my hands to find A lamp amid the Darkness; and I…

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The Worldly Hope Men Set Their Hearts Upon – Omar Khayyam

The Worldly Hope men set their Hearts upon Turns Ashes–or it prospers; and anon, Like Snow upon the Desert’s dusty Face, Lighting a little hour…

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The Revelations Of Devout And Learn’d – Omar Khayyam

The Revelations of Devout and Learn’d Who rose before us, and as Prophets burn’d, Are all but Stories, which, awoke from Sleep They told their…

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The Moving Finger Writes; And, Having Writ, – Omar Khayyam

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor…

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The Ball No Question Makes Of Ayes And Noes, – Omar Khayyam

The Ball no question makes of Ayes and Noes, But Here or There as strikes the Player goes; And He that toss’d you down into…

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The Mighty Mahmúd, Allah-Breathing Lord, – Omar Khayyam

The mighty Mahmúd, Allah-breathing Lord, That all the misbelieving and black Horde Of Fears and Sorrows that infest the Soul Scatters before him with his…

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The Grape That Can With Logic Absolute – Omar Khayyam

The Grape that can with Logic absolute The Two-and-Seventy jarring Sects confute: The sovereign Alchemist that-in a trice Life’s leaden metal into Gold transmute:

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That Ev’n My Buried Ashes Such A Snare – Omar Khayyam

That ev’n my buried Ashes such a snare Of. Vintage shall fling up into the Air As not a True-believer passing by But shall be…

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Strange, Is It Not That Of The Myriads Who – Omar Khayyam

Strange, is it not that of the myriads who Before us pass’d the door of Darkness through, Not one returns to tell us of the…

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Some For The Glories Of This World; And Some – Omar Khayyam

Some for the Glories of This World; and some Sigh for the Prophet’s Paradise to come; Ah, take the Cash, and let the Credit go,…

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Perplext No More With Human Or Divine, – Omar Khayyam

Perplext no more with Human or Divine, To-morrow’s tangle to the winds resign, And lose your fingers in the tresses of The Cypress-slender Minister of…

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So While The Vessels One By One Were Speaking, – Omar Khayyam

So while the Vessels one by one were speaking, The little Moon look’d in that all were seeking: And then they jogg’d each other, “Brother!…

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So When That Angel Of The Darker Drink – Omar Khayyam

So when that Angel of the darker Drink At last shall find you by the river-brink, And, offering his Cup, invite your Soul Forth to…

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Said One Among Them–“surely Not In Vain – Omar Khayyam

Said one among them–“Surely not in vain “My substance of the common Earth was ta’en “And to this Figure moulded, to be broke, “Or trampled…

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Shapes Of All Sorts And Sizes, Great And Small, – Omar Khayyam

Shapes of all Sorts and Sizes, great and small, That stood along the floor and by the wall; And some loquacious Vessels were; and some…

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Oh Threats Of Hell And Hopes Of Paradise! – Omar Khayyam

Oh threats of Hell and Hopes of Paradise! One thing at least is certain–This Life flies; One thing is certain and the rest is Lies;…

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Oh Thou, Who Man Of Baser Earth Didst Make, – Omar Khayyam

Oh Thou, who Man of baser Earth didst make, And ev’n with Paradise devise the Snake: For all the Sin wherewith the Face of Man…

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Oh Thou, Who Didst With Pitfall And With Gin – Omar Khayyam

Oh Thou, who didst with pitfall and with gin Beset the Road I was to wander in, Thou wilt not with Predestined Evil round Enmesh,…

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Look To The Blowing Rose About Us–“lo, – Omar Khayyam

Look to the blowing Rose about us–“Lo, “Laughing,” she says, “into the world I blow, “At once the silken tassel of my Purse “Tear, and…

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Now The New Year Reviving Old Desires, – Omar Khayyam

Now the New Year reviving old Desires, The thoughtful Soul to Solitude retires, Where the WHITE HAND OF MOSES on the Bough Puts out, and…

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Myself When Young Did Eagerly Frequent – Omar Khayyam

Myself when young did eagerly frequent Doctor and Saint, and heard great argument About it and about: but evermore Came out by the same door…

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Iram Indeed Is Gone With All His Rose, – Omar Khayyam

Iram indeed is gone with all his Rose, And Jamshyd’s Sev’n-ring’d Cup where no one knows; But still a Ruby kindles in the Vine, And…

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Into This Universe, And Why Not Knowing – Omar Khayyam

Into this Universe, and Why not knowing Nor Whence, like Water willy-nilly flowing; And out of it, as Wind along the Waste, I know not…

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Indeed, Indeed, Repentance Oft Before – Omar Khayyam

Indeed, indeed, Repentance oft before I swore–but was I sober when I swore? And then and then came Spring, and Rose-in-hand My thread-bare Penitence apieces…

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Indeed The Idols I Have Loved So Long – Omar Khayyam

Indeed the Idols I have loved so long Have done my credit in this World much wrong: Have drown’d my Glory in a shallow Cup,…

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I Think The Vessel, That With Fugitive – Omar Khayyam

I think the Vessel, that with fugitive Articulation answer’d, once did live, And drink; and Ah! the passive Lip I kiss’d, How many Kisses might…

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I Tell You This–when, Started From The Goal, – Omar Khayyam

I tell you this–When, started from the Goal, Over the flaming shoulders of the Foal Of Heav’n Parwin and Mushtari they flung, In my predestined…

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I Sent My Soul Through The Invisible, – Omar Khayyam

I sent my Soul through the Invisible, Some letter of that After-life to spell: And by and by my Soul return’d to me, And answer’d…

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