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Omar Khayyam - The Rubaiyat - The Potter

Identifier

001477

Type of spiritual experience

A description of the experience

Omar Khayyam

Listen again.  One evening at the close
Of Ramazan, ere the better Moon arose
In that old Potter's shop I stood alone
With the clay population round in rows

And strange to tell, among the Earthen lot
Some could articulate, while others not
And suddenly one more impatient cried -
'Who is the Potter pray, and who the Pot?'

Another said 'Why ne'er a peevish boy
Would break the Bowl from which he drank in joy
Shall He that made the vessel in pure love
And fancy, in an after rage destroy!'

The source of the experience

Omar Khayyam

Concepts and Symbols used in the text or image

Pot