[51] The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ

by Omar Khayyam

English version by Edward FitzGerald
Original Language Persian/Farsi

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
     Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.

-- from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, by Omar Khayyam / Translated by Edward FitzGerald

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51] The Moving