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Translations of Selected Quatrains from Khayyám's Rubáiyát from Farsi

By Sahand Rabbani


It is said that the drunk and the lustful are bound for Hell;
Such thought is absurd! Place not faith in what others tell.
For if the lustful and drunk are so readily damned,
Tomorrow, hordes of people a barren Heaven will repel.

It is said that the drunk and lustful for Hell are bound;
Such thought absurd! This assumption is wholly unfound!
For if the lustful and drunk were so readily damned,
Then tomorrow, Heaven would be a bleak and barren ground.

گویند که دوزخی بود عاشق و مست
قولی است خلاف دل در آن نتوان بست
گر عاشق و مست دوزخی خواهد بود
فرداست بهشت همچون كف دست










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