From the first time I read Fitzgerald’s version of this ancient Persian text I was hooked and wanted to know more. The translation by Peter Avery and John Heath-Stubbs is probably more accurate. One part spoke to me quite recntly:

Oh heart since time’s passing grieves you

And your pure spirit so unseasonably leaves the body

Sit on the green, spend a few days in happiness

Before the green grass springs from your dust.

Best wishes  Denny Bradbury

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