Omar Khayyam (42) “No hand would set out to break them”

As for the parts of a wineglass 
              that have been joined together–
no hand would set out 
               to break them apart.
But as for the shapely
hands and feet of a temptress–
    whose grace joins them together?
      and whose hatred in the end
                            sunders them?

Translated by Juan Cole
from Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat, [pdf] Whinfield 42

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  1. Sadly, we have the answer to the final question in the cold blooded murder of a fourteen old girl by a Taliban follower and the subsequent defense of that act by one of their leaders.

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