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Nowruz greetings to bloggers and readers

March 20, 2014

We send greetings to all our contributors and readers for the Spring solstice and Nowruz, the Persian New Year.  We hope that the sun is shining wherever you are and that the flowers and new growth of Spring are beginning to show themselves.

7she1072scfHere is one of Edward FitzGerald’s interpretations of this exciting time of year (quatrain 7 of his first edition of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam).

Come, fill the Cup, and in the Fire of Spring
The Winter Garment of Repentance fling:
The Bird of Time has but a little way
To fly – and Lo! the Bird is on the Wing.
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  1. March 20, 2014 7:08 pm

    Hello Sandra & Bill … and all who visit here … best wishes to you in this new spring. Another quatrain that I love, on the subject

    Now the New Year, reviving old desires
    The thoughtful soul to solitude retires
    Where the white hand of Moses on the bough puts out
    And Jesus from the ground suspires

  2. Green Len permalink
    March 23, 2014 7:39 am

    Come, fill the Cup, and in the Fire of Spring
    The Winter Garment of Repentance fling:
    The Bird of Time has but a little way
    To fly – and Lo! the Bird is on the Wing.

    OK. Maybe oop north, but, and with due respect to Omar…

    My cup is filled, but harken if you please,
    We mortals in the deep Antipodes,
    Are donning winter’s garments as I speak,
    For autumn seldom offers guarantees.

    And furthermore, as far as I have heard,
    Omar’s aerodynamics are absurd,
    For in the realms of flight I do submit,
    To stay aloft, the wing is on the bird.

  3. March 28, 2014 5:25 pm

    As we were doing the original post, we wondered about the views of our friends in the Antipodes. Now, courtesy of Len, we know! Perhaps the answer is for us all to celebrate two new half year (nim Nowruz?) periods in the year – the more feasts the merrier.

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