Omar Khayyam (136) “The Caravan of Life….”

It is amazing how
the caravan of life goes by.
Take a deep breath,
and let it pass cheerfully.
Barkeep, why be sad 
about tomorrow’s grief?
Pick up a wine glass,
before the night has fled.

Translated by Juan Cole
from Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat, [pdf] Whinfield 136

3 Responses

  1. Amazing how our thoughts are so similar
    I was thinking the same as above so I did; Cheers!
    Also all day I had the “fool all the people” in my mind then read in on your site.
    You are still my Hero please keep up the great work
    Best wishes
    Peter

  2. I must admit, what I would like to see is Cole’s Khayyam in parallel with FitzGerald’s “Khayyam”. Yes, I know FitzGerald was not an accurate translator, but his “Rubaiyat” is an interesting mid-Victorian work in its own right, and widely read (and memorised). So it would be interesting to see an accurate translation side-by-side with FitzGerald to provide a comparison.

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