When you next hold a party, my dear friends,
rejoicing in how stylish you all are;
and when the waitress pours the Shiraz wine,
remember poor me in your evening prayers!
Translated by Juan Cole
from Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat, [pdf] Whinfield 205
Juan Cole is the founder and chief editor of Informed Comment and Richard P. Mitchell Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He is author of, among many other books, Muhammad: Prophet of Peace amid the Clash of Empires. Follow him at @jricole.
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