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"Better a live Sparrow than a stuffed Eagle" says Edward FitzGerald, and here's his live Sparrow rendering of one of Omar Khayyam's rubaiyat:
But come with old Khayyam, and leave the Lot
of Kaikobad and Kaikhosru forgot:
Let Rustum lay about him as he will,
Or Hatim Tai cry Supper - heed them not.
(rubaiyat 10, 'The Ruba'iyat of Omar Khayyam' by Edward FitzGerald in Persian Poets, edited by Peter Washington for Everyman's Library (2000), ISBN 9780375411267).
Our old friends Kay Kobad, Kay Khosrow and Rostam! Hatim Tai is new to me. I do love a quest, so it'd be great to know if I could read his adventures.