Page:Quatrains of Omar Khayyam (tr. Whinfield, 1883).djvu/262

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Your course annoys me, ye wheeling skies!
Unloose me from your chain of tyrannies!
    If none but fools your favours may enjoy,
Then favour me,—I am not very wise!


O City Mufti, you go more astray
Than I do, though to wine I do give way;
    I drink the blood of grapes, you that of men:
Which of us is the more bloodthirsty, pray?


'Tis well to drink, and leave anxiety
Por what is past, and what is yet to be;
    Our prisoned spirits, lent us for a day,
A while from reason's bondage shall go free!

306.   C. L. N. A. I. J.

307.   C. L. N. A. I. J.   Alluding to the selling of justice by Muftis.