[51 - later edition] Why, if the Soul can fling the Dust aside

by Omar Khayyam

English version by Edward FitzGerald
Original Language Persian/Farsi

Why, if the Soul can fling the Dust aside,
And naked on the Air of Heaven ride,
     Is't not a shame -- Is't not a shame for him
So long in this Clay suburb to abide?

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

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