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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
In a Copy of Omar Khayyám
By James Russell Lowell (1819–1891)
 
[Heartsease and Rue. 1888.]

THESE pearls of thought in Persian gulfs were bred,
Each softly lucent as a rounded moon;
The diver Omar plucked them from their bed,
Fitzgerald strung them on an English thread.
 
Fit rosary for a queen, in shape and hue,        5
When Contemplation tells her pensive beads
Of mortal thoughts, forever old and new.
Fit for a queen? Why, surely then for you!
 
The moral? Where Doubt’s eddies toss and twirl
Faith’s slender shallop till her footing reel,        10
Plunge: if you find not peace beneath the whirl,
Groping, you may like Omar grasp a pearl.
 
 
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