Wednesday, January 11, 2017



Shahid of Balkh, "On the Ruins of Tus," tr. A.V. Williams Jackson, From Constantinople to the Home of Omar Khayyam (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1911), p. 278:
Last night by ruined Tus I chanced to go,
An owl sat perched where once the cock did crow.
I asked, "What message from this waste bring'st Thou?"
It said, "The message is, Woe, woe, all's woe!"

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