Omar Khayyam (259) “Have some wine, since no one is given a long life”

The revolving sky,
which has never revealed any mysteries,
has brutally crushed a thousand innocents.
Have some wine, since no one is given a long life
and once people have left this world
they aren’t coming back.

Translated by Juan Cole
from Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat, [pdf] Whinfield 259 

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