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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Omar Khayyám
 
        Like wind flies Time ’tween birth and death;
Therefore, as long as thou hast breath,
Of care for two days hold thee free:
The day that was and is to be.
  1
        Not oft near home does genius brightly shine,
No more than precious stones while in the mine.
  2
        Strange—is it not?—that of the myriads who
Before us passed the door of Darkness through,
Not one returns to tell us of the road
Which to discover we must travel too.
  3
        The world will turn when we are earth
  As though we had not come nor gone;
There was no lack before our birth,
  When we are gone there will be none.
  4
        To-morrow’s fate, though thou be wise,
Thou canst not tell nor yet surmise;
Pass, therefore, not to-day in vain,
For it will never come again.
  5
  Behold the morning! Rise up, O youth, and quickly fill thyself with this rosy wine sparkling from the crystal cup of the dawn!  6
  Diversity of worship has divided the human race into seventy-two nations. From among all their dogmas, I have selected one,—Divine Love.  7
  Justice is the soul of the universe.  8
  The entire world shall be populous with that action which saves one soul from despair.  9
 
 
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