The Stars before him from the Field of Night,
Drives Night along with them from Heaven, and strikes
The Sultan’s Turret with a Shaft of Light
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
To-day of past regrets and future fears:
To-morrow! – Why, to-morrow I may be
Myself – with yesterday’s sev’n thousand years.
For some we loved, the loveliest and the best
That from his vintage rolling time hath prest,
Have drunk their cup a round or two before,
And one by one crept silently to rest.
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?
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!
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam