The Moving Finger Writes; And Having Writ, Moves O

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The Moving Finger writes; and having writ,
Moves on; nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.
-- Omar Khayyam (died c.1133)
-- Rubaiyat, Stanza lxxi