Calcutta nr. 89
Take thine ease with wine, for such is the empire of Mahmoud
Hearken to the lute, for such is the chant of David,
Concern thyself no more about thy coming & departure
Be happy, for this is the object of existence.
Sit down with wine, for this is the kingdom of Mahmud''.
And listen to the sound of the lute, for this is the melody of David.
Over things not yet come and things already gone do not ponder.
Be merry, for this is the meaning of life.
With wine make merry, for Mahmoud's empire this is;
And list to the harp, for David his lyre this is:
With past and future concern thyself no longer;
Be blithe to-day, for the aim of desire this is.
Rejoice with wine for 't is as Mahmud's reign,
List to the lute that sounds as David's strain;
Be glad to-day, for 'tis to be desired.
Of past or future think thou not again.