See You Have Dancers

A poem by Edward Powys Mathers

See you have dancers and wine and a girl like one of the angels
(If they exist),
And find a clear stream singing near its birth and a bed of moss
(If moss exists),
For loving and singing to the dancers and drinking and forgetting hell
(If hell exists),
Because this is a pastime better than paradise
(If paradise exists).

From the Persian of Omar Khayyam (eleventh century).

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