Since you can’t comprehend the mysteries,
why wallow uselessly in grief? Since you ‘re
not going to get your way, be happy in
this fleeting moment for which you exist.
Translated by Juan Cole
from Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat, [pdf] Whinfield 458
Juan Cole is the founder and chief editor of Informed Comment. He is Richard P. Mitchell Professor of History at the University of Michigan and an adjunct professor, Gulf Studies Center, Qatar University. 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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