Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Omar Khayyam,Once Again!

Omar Khayyam's exquisite quatrains require no introduction and Edward Fitzgerald's translation does full justice to his verses.Please enjoy....

One Moment in Annihilation's Waste,

 One Moment, of the Well of Life to taste---

 The Stars are setting and the Caravan
Starts for the Dawn of Nothing---Oh, make haste!

'Tis all a Chequer-board of Nights and Days

 Where Destiny with Men for Pieces plays:

 Hither and thither moves, and mates, and slays,

 And one by one back in the Closet lays.

 The Ball no Question makes of Ayes and Noes,

 But Right or Left, as strikes the Player goes;

 And He that toss'd Thee down into the Field,

 *He* knows about it all---He knows---HE knows!

 The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,

 Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit

 Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,

 Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.

 And that inverted Bowl we call The Sky,

 Whereunder crawling coop't we live and die,

 Lift not thy hands to *It* for help---for It

 Rolls impotently on as Thou or I.

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  1. Welcome to jeeteraho Bushra and thanks for visiting.

  2. Beautiful, though I will have to read it again to appreciate it in totality but of all that I gathered, I loved it. I found it deep and soulful. Will definitely read more of him. Many thanks for sharing these lovely works with us, Induji :)

    1. Yes Arti his verses are deep and philosophical....al that we see and think about this universe--he says it poetically and concisely!
      It is a privilege to share them with you!

  3. Beautiful Indujee I have always been a fan of Khayyam

    1. It is a pleasure to share them with connoisseurs like you!

  4. Indu ji

    I too have this book --and really wonder at the words of wisdom written by Omar Khayyam All his couplets have some hidden words of sagacity whatever be the context .

    Thanks for reminding me of this .

    In fact though the book I have is my fathers ---but I was introduced to the couplets by our english teacher Fr Addy he always used to cite --the moving finger writes ....." In fact I used to think Omar Khayaam was only about Saqi and Maikhana and meant only for adults --:)--untill I got to read it myself

    I still read this at times though the papers have become brittle with time

    thanks once again
    warm regards

  5. Rajni i too am trying to reconcile his great wisdom with couplets about saaki & maikhana...i shall read them again to see if there is another interpretation to it.
    Lots of love!

  6. About the only Khayyam I could quote was that "The moving finger writes and having writ moves on.." Not that I do not relish Khayyam but I am bad at remembering quotes :)

  7. Quite interesting and very philosophical. Loved the comparison of sky to an inverted bowl!

    1. True ,these verses are full of wisdom.

    2. Agree with Jaishree, Induji! Wishing you a lovely New Year!

    3. Thank you Rahul,this is the first New Year greeting that i am getting.
      I wish the same for you and your own.

  8. Nice ones. Somehow the low attention span blog reading time is not best for deeper poetry though. Maybe we should sit together and read and discuss to fully grasp.

    1. True,mulling over these verses gives better understanding.

  9. Very interesting to read the above verse. It brought back memories of Khayyam's poetry. It has a depth which one cannot understand in the first reading.
    Visiting your site for the first time. Enjoyed reading it thoroughly.

    1. Your visit is special Usha-a hearty welcome to you.
      Yes he is one such poet-i am amazed at the depth of his thinking and the lucidity of his expression-likewise the translator.

  10. I'm not sure if I captured the essence completely, but in the bits and pieces that I could relate to, it was a good read :-)

    1. The more we read him the more he sort of grows upon us.Thanks Ashwini and Happy New Year to you & your family.

  11. Beautiful verse. Thanks for sharing.


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