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IN A COPY OF OMAR KHAYYAM, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: These pearls of thought in persian gulfs were bred
Last Line: Groping, you may like omar grasp a pearl.
Subject(s): Omar Khayyam (1048-1122); Writing & Writers

THESE pearls of thought in Persian gulfs were
Each softly lucent as a rounded moon;
The diver Omar plucked them from their bed,
Fitzgerald strung them on an English thread.
Fit rosary for a queen, in shape and hue,
When Contemplation tells her pensive beads
Of mortal thoughts, forever old and new.
Fit for a queen? Why, surely then for you!
The moral? Where Doubt's eddies toss and
Faith's slender shallop till her footing reel,
Plunge: if you find not peace beneath the whirl,
Groping, you may like Omar grasp a pearl.

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