Come Fill The Cup And In The Fire Of Spring Your Winter Garment Of Repentence Fling.
Come fill the cup and in the fire of spring
Your winter garment of repentence fling.
The bird of time has but a little way
To flutter -- and the bird is on the wing.
-- Omar Khayyam
The Bird of Time has but a little way to fly ... and the bird is on the wing. -- Omar Khayyam
Bother! said Pooh, as he shot that bird in the wing.
The snake has now devoured your bird.
There is a little bird in the cage.
Heav'n but the Vision of fulfill'd Desire, And Hell the Shadow of a Soul on fire.
-- Omar Khayyam (died c.1133) -- Rubaiyat, Stanza lxvii...
Once upon a time, there was a non-conforming sparrow who decided not to fly south for the winter.
However, soon after the weather turned cold, the sparrow changed his mind and reluctantly started to fly south....
Well, you see, it's such a transitional creature. It's a piss-poor reptile and not very much of a bird.
A faithful and good servant is a real godsend; but truly 't is a rare bird in the land.
Omar Khayyám (Translated by Edward Fitzgerald.)...