Happy Monday to all!

Hard to believe we have spent eight Mondays with Khayyam.

His message of today is simple:

Do not let sorrow and pain take over your life.

Do not let the daily affairs waste away your days.

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

Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend,
Before we too into the Dust Descend;
Dust into Dust, and under Dust, to lie,
Sans Wine, sans Song, sans Singer and–sans End!

Literal Translation:

Don’t permit sorrow to be your friend
Sadness and pain become your trend
Don’t let the book or the farm you tend
Rule your life before to earth you descend.

Read Slowly, Reflect Deeply, Enjoy Immensely

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