Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Journey together!

Omar Khayyam was an 11th-century Persian poet, philosopher, and mathematician, whose collected quatrains are known as the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Despite a strong Islamic background, Omar Khayyam was in fact a religious skeptic--therefore his writings were often infused with mysticism, and advocated the enjoyment of earthly delights in the face of mortality. The refrain 'Hamsáfár' means 'journey together,' and is a rallying call to all people--and like the earlier song Se É Pra Vir Que Venha (which shares common musical motifs), the song emphasizes the contentment to be found in living in the present.

Khorshide cámánd sobh bár bam áfkánád
Keykhosro rooz badeh dár jam áfkánád
May khor ke monadi sáhárgah khyzan
Avazye áshráboo dár áyam áfkánád

Ey doost bia ta gháme fárda nákhorim
Vin yekdám omr ra ghánimát shemorim
Fárda ke áz in dayre Kohán dárgoárim
Ba háfthezarsalegan hámsáfárim
In chárkhofálák ke ma dár uo heyranim
Fanoose khyal áz uo messali danim
Khorshide cheraghdano alám fanoos
Ma chon sovárim kándáro gerdanim
Ráhe khyish gozin

The sun with its morning light the earth ensnare
The king celebrated the day with a wine so fair
The herald of dawn intoxicated would blare
Its fame and aroma, for time having not a care
Journey together!

O friend, for the morrow let us not worry
This moment we have now, let us not hurry,
When our time comes, we shall not tarry
With seven thousand-year-olds, our burden carry.
This Universal wheel, this merry-go-round
In our imagination we have found
The sun a flame, in the Cosmic lantern bound
We are mere ghosts, revolving, the flame surround.
Choose your way.

1 comment:

Demel said...

This is probably the most beautiful song in his album lol. Hamsafar!