Ah Love! Could you and I with Fate conspire
To grasp this sorry Scheme of Things entire,
— — Would not we shatter it to bits — and then
Re-mould it nearer to the Heart’s Desire!
Omar Khayyám, born in 1048 in Nishapur, Royal Astronomer to the Seljuq Sultan Malik-Shah I, 1072-92 (trans: Fitzpatrick)