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ON READING THE 'RUBAIYAT' OF OMAR KHAYYAM IN A KENTISH ROSE GARDEN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Beside a dial in the leafy close
Last Line: Those ruby-tinted hieroglyphs of light.
Alternate Author Name(s): Lake, Claude
Subject(s): Flowers; Omar Khayyam (1048-1122); Roses


BESIDE a Dial in the leafy close,
Where every bush was burning with the Rose,
With million roses falling flake by flake
Upon the lawn in fading summer snows:

I read the Persian Poet's rhyme of old,
Each thought a ruby in a ring of gold --
Old thoughts so young, that, after all these years,
They're writ on every rose-leaf yet unrolled.

You may not know the secret tongue aright
The Sunbeams on their rosy tablets write;
Only a poet may perchance translate
Those ruby-tinted hieroglyphs of light.








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