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Set limits to thy desire for worldly things & live content
Sever the bonds of thy dependence upon the good & bad of life
Be happy ! for bereft of me & thee these months & years
All pass away—& how many of these days remain ?

 

Bodl 73

Set limits to thy desire for worldly things and live content,
sever the bonds of thy dependence upon the good and bad of life,
take wine in hand and play with the curls of a loved one; for quickly
all passeth away—and how many of these days remain?

F4 41

Perplext no more with Human or Divine,
To-morrow's tangle to the winds resign,
And lose your fingers in the tresses of
The Cypress-slender Minister of Wine.

HA 41a

Set limits to thy desire for worldly things and live content,
Sever the bonds of thy dependence upon the good and bad of life,
Take wine in hand and (play with) the curls of a loved one; for quickly
All passeth away—and these few days will not remain.

Nic 176

Restreins ton envie des choses de ce monde, si tu, veux être heureux; brise les liens qui t'enchaînent au bien et au mal d'ici-bas; vis content, car ce mouvement périodique des cieux suivra sa marche, et cette vie ne sera pas de longue durée.

P 262

Withhold thy desire from the world, if content thou wouldst die;
From the good and the evil of Fortune sever the tie:
With the course of the heavens foreordered rest content;
It lasts but a day; e'en now it passeth by.

Th 239

The world crave less and live contentedly,
Of earthly good and evil cut the tie;
Be light of heart as are these circling skies,
A little while they stay, and then pass by.

Wh 191

Crave not of worldly sweets to take your fill,
Nor wait on turn of fortune, good or ill;
Be of light heart, as are the skies above,
They roll a round or two, and then lie still.

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