Excerpt from Sublime Pessimism: Of Omar Khayam, the Astromer-Poet of Persia My interest in the Rubayat has been chiefly literary and speculative: but it has been very deep and tender - and, if possible, even abiding. A few years ago, when I happened to be in England, I came across one or two admirers of Omar Khayam;and I was very much struck with the deep impression that the Persian Poet in his English garb, that is, such as Fitzgerald had clothed him in, had made on their minds. In one of their clubs they invited me to give an informal talk on this Eastern poet, and I accepted the invitation. I spoke only very briefly giving them some of my early impressions of the poetry of Omar. Very soon I came to find out - and that to my intense surprise - that Omar had quite a large circle of warm admirers in that cold and distant land. From England I went to America; and there also I realized that Omar was deeply loved and greatly cherished among the literary classes of the United States. I had occasion to speak on Omar Khayam before several of the leading literary clubs in the United States. In February 1898, I gave an address on the poetry and philosophy of Omar Khayam, before the Indian National Association in London, when Sir Alfred Lyall was in the chair. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.