It is a shame for anyone
to be well-known for righteousness.
It is a great disgrace to feel
distress at the injustice of
the turning of the wheels of fate.
To get drunk on the nose of a
fine vintage born of luscious grapes
is better than to be renowned
to be a self-denying prude.
Translated by Juan Cole
from Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat, [pdf] Whinfield 383