5 best mystical Rubaiyat [couplets] of Omar Khayyam
5 best mystical Rubaiyat [couplets] of Omar Khayyam on Life, Drinking, Wisdom and Today
On ‘Drinking’ with ‘Friend’
I fell asleep, and Wisdom said to me:
‘Sleeping, the rose of happiness never bloomed.
Why do you do a thing which is next to death?
Drink “wine”, for you will have long to sleep.
Friends, when you hold a meeting
You must much remember the ‘Friend’.
When you drink successfully together,
When my turn comes, ‘turn the glass upside down.
Those who have gone before us, O Cupbearer,
Are sleeping in the dust of self-pride.
Go, drink ‘wine’, and hear from me the Truth
What they have only said is in our hands, O’Cupbearer.
On Limitations of this Life
And that inverted Bowl they call the Sky
Where under crawling confinement we live and die
Lift not your hands to It for help—for It
As weakly moves as you or I.
With them the seed of Wisdom did I sow
And with mine own hand wrought to make it grow
And this was all the Harvest that I reaped
“I came like Water, and like Wind I go.”
On Kings and their gone Glory
They say the Lion and the Lizard keep
The Courts where Jamshyd gloried and drank deep
And Bahrim, that great Hunter
The Wild Ass Stamps over his Head, but cannot break his Sleep
Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend
Before we too into the Dust descend;
Dust into Dust, and under Dust to lie
No Wine, no Song, no Singer, and no End