[49] 'Tis all a Chequer-board of Nights and Days

by 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

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