What do you mean to the world? – Nothing!

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What do you mean to the world? – Nothing!
by Omar Khayyám of Nishapur, translated by Dmitri Smirnov

From The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Literal ranslation by Dmitri Smirnov from Russian translation by Osip Rumer (1883-1954). Source: Омар Хайям. Четверостишия. М., 1938 (Omar Khayyám. Rubaiyat. Moscow, 1938).

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What do you mean to the world? – Nothing!
Your existence is like smoke, – Nothing!
Two abysses are yawning from both sides,
And you are in between, just like them, – Nothing!

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