Saturday, June 1, 2013

# Omar Khayyam --Some Gems


The Worldly Hope men set their Hearts upon
 Turns Ashes---or it prospers; and anon,
 Like Snow upon the Desert's dusty Face
 Lighting a little Hour or two---is gone.

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 Ah, my Beloved, fill the Cup that clears
 TO-DAY of past Regrets and future Fears---
 To-morrow?---Why, To-morrow I may be
 Myself with Yesterday's Sev'n Thousand Years.

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Lo!some we loved, the loveliest and best
 That Time and Fate of all their Vintage prest,
 Have drunk their Cup a Round or two before,
 And one by one crept silently to Rest.
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And we, that now make merry in the Room
 They left, and Summer dresses in new Bloom,
 Ourselves must we beneath the Couch of Earth
 Descend, ourselves to make a Couch---for whom?

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 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,
 Sans Wine, sans Song, sans Singer, and---sans End!

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Oh, come with old Khayyam, and leave the Wise
 To talk; one thing is certain, that Life flies;
 One thing is certain, and the Rest is Lies;
The Flower that once has blown for ever dies.

The translation of above rubayyats is by Edward FitzGerald
Pics from google

24 comments :

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    1. this is a translation by FitzGerald.

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    2. I mean to say that such shayari can be really enjoyed in urdu, hindi only:)

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    3. i have not read in Hindi yet,i will look for them.Thanks!

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  2. Beautiful. ! !
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  3. Omar Khayyam is a philosopher, teacher and a poet. But, he is noted for his poetic writings.

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    1. And his philosophy shines through his poems!!!

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  4. Depth in the legends thought is dripping with every word of translation .. originals ought to be exceeding limits ...
    Thanks for the share Indu !! :)

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    1. There is no doubt,the translation is excellent!

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  5. Very beautiful and motivating poem! Thanks for sharing Indu :)

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    1. Valli thanks for your appreciation.

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  6. That was one inspirational piece of poetry!!
    Liked it!!

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    1. Kriti,a very warm welcome at jeeteraho,i am so happy you liked it.

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  7. amazing verses....:)))Thanks for sharing, Indu.

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    1. Yes Panchali,even the translation is great.I am glad you liked it.

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  8. how true..life flies and rest all is lies.....superb!

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    1. Yes princess,this is the eternal truth.

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  9. I too have this book Indu ji and its a treasure

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    1. Yes RAJNI,his verses are marvellous!

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