Deja Vu all over again!

Goh Lip g.lip at
Tue Jul 5 07:44:31 UTC 2011

On 07/05/2011 01:02 PM, Basil Chupin wrote:

>>> 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.
>>> -- Omar Khayamm
>> from the rubyat
> I prefer the interpretation (?second edition) where the last line reads:
> "As impotently moves as you or I".
> My favourite 2 stanzas are:
> But helpless Pieces of the Game He plays
> Upon this chequer-board of Nights and
> Days;
> Hither and thither moves, and
> checks, and slays,
> And one by one back in the Closet lays.

Isn't this better?.

'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.
                    ------- Omar Khayyam


Oh, Thou, who didst with Pitfall and with Gin
Beset the Road I was to wander in,
Thou wilt not with Predestination round
Enmesh me, and impute my Fall to Sin?

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