'Tis all a Chequer-board of Nights and Daysby Omar Khayyam
English version by Edward FitzGerald
Original Language Persian/Farsi
'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.
|-- from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, by Omar Khayyam / Translated by Edward FitzGerald|