"Tis all a checkerboard of nights and days, Where fate with men for pieces play, Hirher and thither and mates and slays, And one by one back in the closet lays." Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. - Illustration by Niroot Puttapipat from the Folio limited edition.
Elihu Vedder, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, The Astronomer-Poet of Persia Rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald with an Accompaniment of Drawings by Elihu Vedder. Houghton Mifflin & Company, Boston First edition,
"The grape that doth, with logic absolute, the two and seventy jarring sects confute. The subtle alchemist that in a trice, life's leaden metal into gold transmute." Also, "I wonder what the vinter buys one half so precious as the stuff he sells.