''The moving finger writes; and having writ,Edward Fitzgerald (1809-1883), British writer, poet, translator. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, stanza 71 (1859). On the unalterability of the past.
Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.''
''With earth's first clay they did the last man knead,Edward Fitzgerald (1809-1883), British writer, poet, and translator. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, stanza 73 (1859). Classic expression of determinism.
There of the last harvest sowed the seed,
And what the first morning of creation wrote,
The last dawn of reckoning shall read.''
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The Dream Called Life
From the Spanish of Pedro Calderon de la Barca
A dream it was in which I found myself.
And you that hail me now, then hailed me king,
In a brave palace that was all my own,
Within, and all without it, mine; until,
Drunk with excess of majesty and pride,
Methought I towered so big and swelled so wide