The elite and lofty crowd who
hold exalted office
are disgusted at the life of
grief and bother that they suffer.
But when they consider the ones who,
unlike them, are not the
prisoners of high ambition–
the amazing thing is that they do not
even reckon them as human.
Translated by Juan Cole
from Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat, [pdf] Whinfield 153