Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,

A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread--and Thou

Beside me singing in the Wilderness--

Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!

(The quatrain above comes from Edward Fitzgerald's second edition of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, 1868. Fitzgerald's treatments of Omar Khayyam's poems brought the Persian poet to the attention of the western world more than 700 years after the poems were written.)


shafinaaz said...

beautiful reminder, this. thanks :)

Anonymous said...

the dude in the pic looks like jesus!

desert demons said...

pleasure :) , lolol as for the art - I guess it was the ideal .