The Rubaiyat : Quatrain III






And, as the Cock crew, those who stood before
The Tavern shouted--"Open then the Door!
"You know how little while we have to stay,
"And, once departed, may return no more."





This is the third quatrain of "The Rubaiyat". Philosophically it is just ruminates over the passage of time. The moment that ticks by slowly, never to come back again. As the morning grew (made obvious by the crowing cock). A group of people await outside the tavern, shouting loud to open the tavern door so that they can enter in. They state that they are just travelers and won't stay much long and once they have pass this city, they may never return to it again. As against the Quatrain II where voices come from inside the tavern, in this one they come from outside. But the essence is same, time does not wait for anyone. The moment will just withers away, and there is nothing you can do except make the best of it by living the moment and cherishing it for no one knows where & what state one will be in the future for death awaits everyone.

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