[72] Alas, that Spring should vanish with the Rose!

by Omar Khayyam

English version by Edward FitzGerald
Original Language Persian/Farsi

Alas, that Spring should vanish with the Rose!
That Youth's sweet-scented Manuscript should close!
     The Nightingale that in the Branches sang,
Ah, whence, and whither flown again, who knows!

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

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