Photo: Seated Veiled Woman with Pearls by Antoin Sevruguin; Qajar Iran
For in and out, above, about, below,
'Tis nothing but a Magic Shadow-show,
Play'd in a Box whose Candle is the Sun,
Round which we Phantom Figures come and go.
'The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam'
by Omar Khayyam (Author)
This is the first and most famous English translation of the The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. As a work of English literature FitzGerald's version of these poems, originally written in the Persian language, is a high point of the 19th century and has been greatly influential.