The Moving Finger

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.

from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (trans. E.M. Fitzgerald)

4 Responses to “The Moving Finger”

  1. A similar sentiment is expressed by the modern beat combo Kansas in their song “Dust in the Wind”. Search YouTube for various performances (including one by the Scorpions who play this famous fingerpicking song with no fingerpicking). The song is also famous for an easy but nice string section (Kansas being one of the few modern beat combos with a string (in the “classical” sense) player). It might even appeal to jazz buffs. 🙂

  2. Navneeth Says:

    It’s a sad day when I realised that this — or at least part of this — was not an original line from The Big Bang Theory.

  3. […] Anyway, here is the German translation (not by Fitzgerald) of one of the most well-known verses: […]

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