I sip at wine, but never to get drunk,
and I assail no one, save for my glass.
I venerate the finest vintage so
as to avoid self-worship of your sort.
Translated by Juan Cole
from Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat, [pdf] Whinfield 337
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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