Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Welcome at the second episode of November 2017 in which we are exploring "The Rubaiyat" by Omar Khayyam. "The Rubaiyat" is a collection of 101 quatrains, a four lined verse with rhyme in the 1st, 2nd and 4th line.
Omar Khayyam was a Persian poet and scholar and his poems were only discovered far after his death in 1131. "The Rubaiyat" is a renown collection, but Khayyam didn't write only these 101 quatrains. It is said that he wrote a lot of them.
Today's episode I have titled "dawn's left hand" and it's extracted from the 2nd quatrain of "The Rubaiyat". Let me first give you the 'original' quatrain in the first translation by Edward FitzGerald:
Dreaming when Dawn's Left Hand was in the Sky
I heard a Voice within the Tavern cry,
"Awake, my Little ones, and fill the Cup
Before Life's Liquor in its Cup be dry."
|"Dawn's Left Hand"|
|Persian Wine Ewer|
wine sparkles in the sun
night's left over
(Sources: wikipedia; bob forrest web)