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The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Omar Khayyám (1048-1131)

1. 1 - First edition - 1859
2. 2 - Second Edition - 1868
3. 3 - Third edition - 1872
4. 4 - Fourth edition - 1879
5. 5 - Fifth Edition - 1889
6. 6 - Introduction to the Third Edition - 1872

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The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (Persian: رباعیات عمر خیام) is the title that Edward Fitz-Gerald gave to his translation of a selection of poems, originally written in Persian and of which there are about a thousand, attributed to Omar Khayyám (1048–1131), a Persian poet, mathematician and astronomer. A Persian ruba'i is a two-line stanza with two parts (or hemis-techs) per line, hence the word "Rubáiyát" (derived from the Arabic root word for "four"), meaning "quatrains".