Performance Text

The first edition of FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat was published in 1859. He published three other versions during his lifetime. A fifth version was published after he died based on notes found among his papers.

As far as I can tell this is a unique situation. I personally don’t know of any poem that exists in five different “authorized” versions. Some of the differences are significant; some are minor.

The version I perform is slightly different from any previous edition. I selected these 96 verses from the five authorized versions, with a view to presenting a version that lent itself best to being heard rather than being read on the page. That version is available here as a PDF.

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