Happy Monday once again!

Ever wanted to know the secret to a long life?

Khayyam has the answer…

Rubaiyat (Quatrain Poem) in Farsi (in my handwriting), followed by Fitzgerald’s rendering and a literal translation. The illustration is by Hossein Behzad.



Fitzgerlad’s Rendering

Then to this earthen Bowl did I adjourn
My Lip the secret Well of Life to learn:
And Lip to Lip it murmur’d–“While you live,
Drink!–for once dead you never shall return.”


Literal Translation:

I brought the cup to my lips with greed
Begging for longevity, my temporal need
Cup brought its to mine, its secret did feed
Time never returns, drink, of this take heed.


Read Slowly, Reflect Deeply, Enjoy Immensely

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