Art: In Omar's Garden

It was eight centuries ago, in the year of the Hegira 517 (or A. D. 1123 by our calendar) that Omar Khayyám, the Anacreontic astronomer-poet of Persia, laid down his lute and passed with gentle stoic smile to the tomb he had chosen "in a spot where the north wind may scatter roses over it."

The present year of grace, 1923, therefore passes for Omar's 800th anniversary year. Two newly illustrated editions* of FitzGerald's English version of the Rubaiyat have been put on the market.

The more elaborate is illustrated by that brilliant...

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