Omar Khayyam: "Because my birth was by no choice.." (From Persian)

"Because my birth was by no choice..."
By Omar Khayyam
Translated by A.Z. Foreman
Click to hear me recite the original Persian

Because my birth was by no choice of mine
And my sure death some other's grim design,
Wine-bearer, do your duty: fill my glass.
We'll drown creation's agony in wine!


The Original:

چون آمدن به من نبد روز نخست
وین رفتن بی مراد عزمی ست درست
بر خیز و میان ببند ای ساقی چست
کاندوه جهان به می فرو خواهم شست

Romanization:

Čūn āmadanam ba man nabud rōz-i naxust
W-īn raftan-i bēmurād 'azmēst durust
Barxēz o miyān biband ay sāqī-i čust
K-andōh-i jahān ba may firō xwāham šust 

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