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* * *

“Beyond the earth,

beyond the farthest skies

I try to find Heaven and Hell.

“How sad, a heart that

does not know how to love, that

does not know what it is to be drunk with love.

If you are not in love, how can you enjoy

the blinding light of the sun,

the soft light of the moon?” 

 

* * *

 

“Beyond the earth,

beyond the farthest skies

I try to find Heaven and Hell.

Then I hear a solemn voice that says:

"Heaven and hell are inside.”

 

* * *

 

“This world

that was our home

for a brief spell

never brought us anything

but pain and grief;

its a shame that not one of our problems

was ever solved.

We depart

with a thousand regrets

in our hearts.” 

 

 

* * *

 

“A book of verses underneath the bough

A flask of wine, a loaf of bread and thou

Beside me singing in the wilderness

And wilderness is paradise now.”

 

 

* * *

 

“Realise this: one day your soul

will depart from your body and you will

be drawn behind the curtain that floats between us

and the unknown. While you wait for that moment, be happy,

because you don't know where you came from and

you don't know where you will be going.”

 

* * *

 

 

“Wake! For the Sun, who scatter'd into flight

The Stars before him from the Field of Night,

Drives Night along with them from Heav'n,

and strikes

The Sultan's Turret with a Shaft of Light” 

 

 

( Omar Khayyám ) 

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