“The Rubáiyát”

[(rooh-be-aht, rooh-beye-aht)]

A poem by the twelfth-century Persian poet Omar Khayyam. This is the poem's best-known stanza, in a celebrated translation by Edward FitzGerald:

A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread — and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness —
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow [enough]!
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