Omar Khayyam (412) “Don’t waste a minute of your life”

Don’t give your body over to
lamenting cruel destiny;
Don’t dedicate your soul to grief
at recollections of the dead.
Don’t throw away your heart save on
the locks of your beloved’s hair.
Keep a full wine glass in your hand–
don’t waste a minute of your life.

Translated by Juan Cole
from Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat, [pdf] Whinfield 412/ Arberry 1949

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    • Maybe for some medieval Persian poets, wine is a metaphor. But Khayyam is really interested in the real thing.

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