|The Rhyme Maker
1866-1947(by Alfred Ellis 1854-1930)
Theme: Toasts and Tributes
Khayyam was a prolific wine poet from Persia, featured at vintagewinepoems.com.
The stanzas of this poems are written in the style of Omar's
as translated by Edward FitzGerald. A familiarity with
FitzGerald's translation of Khayyam is necessary to "get" some of
the references given in this poem, a familiarity that you can obtain from this site.
- S. H. Bass
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Of The Absent Guest
To A Departing God
A Copy Of FitzGerald's "Omar"
Richard Le Gallienne also is represented at vintagewinepoems.com with his translations of Hafiz and Omar Khayyam.
The Omar Khayyam Club)
Le Gallienne (1866 -1947), English poet
Omar, here to-night we drain a bowl
thy long-since transmigrated soul,
all unworthy in thy place to sit,
still to read in life's enchanted scroll.
us like thee a little hour to stay,
us like thee a little hour of play,
little hour for wine and love and song,
we too turn the glass and take our way.
many years your tomb the roses strew,
not one penny wiser we than you,
doubts that wearied you are with us still,
Heaven be thanked! your wine is with us too.
have the years a better message brought
match the simple wisdom that you taught:
wine and verse, and just a little bread –
these to live and count the rest as naught?
Great Omar, here our homage deep
drain to thee, though all too fast asleep
Death's intoxication art thou sunk
know the solemn revels that we keep.
had we, best-loved Poet, but the power
our own lives to pluck one golden hour,
give it unto thee in thy great need,
would we welcome thee to this bright bower!
life that is so warm, 'twas Omar's too;
wine that is so red, he drank of you:
life and wine must all be put away,
we go sleep with Omar--yea, 'tis true.
when in some great city yet to be
sacred wine is spilt for you and me,
those great fames that we have yet to build,
know as little of it all as he.
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