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Thread #61660   Message #998934
Posted By: Jim Dixon
08-Aug-03 - 09:28 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: The Rubaiyat (Woody Guthrie)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Rubaiyat (Woody Guthrie)
I'm truly astonished to learn of this song's existence.

Now, who wrote the text? What source did they use? Comparing it to Edward Fitzgerald's famous poem, there are obvious similarities, but...

Here are verses 50 and 51 from Fitzgerald's second edition, courtesy of Bartleby.com

Would you that spangle of Existence spend
About THE SECRET—quick about it, Friend!
A Hair, they say, divides the False and True—
And upon what, prithee, does Life depend?

A Hair, they say, divides the False and True;
Yes; and a single Alif were the clue—
Could you but find it—to the Treasure-house,
And peradventure to THE MASTER too;

This bears more study, but alas, I don't have time right now.