Tuesday, May 09, 2017

R for Rubaiyat

ABC Wednesday
May 8th, 2017

The letter is R for The Rubaiyat


The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
is the title that
Edward Fitzgerald
gave to his translation of a selection
of poetry originally 
written in Persian
and numbering about a thousand verses
attributed to Omar Khayyam (1048-1131)
a Persian poet, mathematician and astronomer


And here are a few of the lovely verses you will find
in the first few pages of the book.







Lo, some we loved, the loveliest and best
The 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.



Remember that the Moving Finger
does move on ........

and although Omar Khayyam would be
much more passionate about it,
still it is my reason d'etre
for DaybyDay

More Rs here at ABC Wednesday,
with thanks to all who work so diligently
to make this meme so interesting
and widespread.


7 comments:

Melody Steenkamp said...

lovely poems and image.. nice choice for this weeks letter.

Chip Butter said...

Oh yes, that moving finger... sent me off to Wikipedia in search of more on Omar Khayyam, where I ended up reading for an hour or so. Thanks Hildred. You continue to educate me, and I love it!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Loved the way you presented these (sort-of) familiar verses as if I were turning the pages of a precious book.

Roger Owen Green said...

I need to study this someday
ROG, ABCW

Joy said...

Wonderfully quotable. I have a lovely illustrated version, it was the perfect present.

Susan Harvey said...

I have a small little book of Rubaiyat's words given to me by my father. He bought it while in the east with the Royal Navy in the mid to late 1950's. My Dad would read the verses to me and discuss them and I could see it really moved him.

He died in 2015 and I treasure it!

Penny said...

Lovely.