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Celebrate Omar Khayyam’s Birthday

May 18, 2023

Today is the day on which we celebrate the 975th anniversary of the birth of Omar Khayyam, the person to whom the original Persian verses, which Edward FitzGerald used as the inspiration for his Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, are generally attributed. 18th May 1048 is believed to be the birth date of the historical Omar Khayyam, best known as an astronomer, mathematician and philosopher, whose seminal works are still recognised nearly a millennium later. Whether he also wrote the verses attributed to him is disputed, but this day is nonetheless a good occasion on which to mark the creation of a work of literature and philosophy that has brought pleasure and solace to very many people over subsequent centuries.

So please celebrate the birth of the verses that make up the rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, whoever wrote them, and join us in wishing that they will continue to give future generations as much value and stimulus as they have to those of us who treasure them today.

And with them the Seed of Wisdom did I sow,

And with my own hand labour’d it to grow:

And this was all the Harvest that I reap’d –

“I came like Water, and like Wind I go.”

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 18, 2023 1:08 pm

    ‘millenium’ takes 2 ‘n’s…

  2. javadfarzam permalink
    May 18, 2023 3:59 pm

    Ah, my beloved, fill the cup that clears
    To-day of past regrets and future fears=
    To-morrow?__ Why, To-morrow I may be
    Myself with Yesterday’s Sev’n Thousand Years.

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