Omar Khayyam (383) “it is a shame for anyone to be well-known for righteousness”

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

2 Responses

  1. Thank you for your lovely translations. I enjoyed seeing you at UW-Eau Claire. Hope you return.

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