Treasure Island

Edward Fitzgerald

(31 March 1809 – 14 June 1883 / Suffolk / England)

Quotations

  • ''The moving finger writes; and having writ,
    Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
    Shall lure it back to cancel half a line,
    Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.''
    Edward Fitzgerald (1809-1883), British writer, poet, translator. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, stanza 71 (1859). On the unalterability of the past.
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  • ''With earth's first clay they did the last man knead,
    There of the last harvest sowed the seed,
    And what the first morning of creation wrote,
    The last dawn of reckoning shall read.''
    Edward Fitzgerald (1809-1883), British writer, poet, and translator. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, stanza 73 (1859). Classic expression of determinism.

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The Dream Called Life

From the Spanish of Pedro Calderon de la Barca


A dream it was in which I found myself.
And you that hail me now, then hailed me king,
In a brave palace that was all my own,
Within, and all without it, mine; until,
Drunk with excess of majesty and pride,
Methought I towered so big and swelled so wide

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