The Rubaiyat : Quatrain II







Dreaming when Dawn's Left Hand was in the Sky
I heard a voice within the Tavern cry,
"Awake, my Little ones, and fill the Cup
Before Life's Liquor in its Cup be dry."




This is the second quatrain of The Rubaiyat[Fitzgerald's first edition].

Dreaming in the early hours of the yet to come morning (before the break of dawn). I heard a voice from the tavern cry out. The voice said, awake and arise my little children and fill your cup to the brim, before the liquor in cup of life runs out and become dry. The quatrain can be philosophically explained as live the day, believe in living in the moment. Do not be worried about what will happen in the after life. Enjoy every moment that you live and revel in its glory. The usage of wine can be both literal as well as allegorical. In a way,wine makes one relieve the anxiety of his fate, his place in this cosmic scheme, his destiny, the eventual death and the absurdity of this life. It just makes him forget the future and let him enjoy the moment. Allegorically wine could also symbolize all the fine pleasures in life (both physical and artistic). The other symbolism is God calling out from the tavern meaning God exists everywhere even in vilest of places.

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