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.

Omar Khayyám (1048-1123) Persian poet, mathematician, philosopher, astronomer
Rubáiyát [tr. FitzGerald, 1st ed. (1859)]
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 14-Feb-11
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