Written for: Carpe Diem #1297 – White Hand Of Moses (more of Khayyam)
Now the New Year reviving old Desires,
The thoughtful Soul to Solitude retires,
Where the WHITE HAND OF MOSES on the Bough
Puts out, and Jesus from the Ground suspires.
© Omar Khayyam (Tr. FitzGerald)
This is a puzzling verse at first. The “New Year reviving old Desires” is, as FitzGerald indicates in his notes, a symbolic reference to the renewal of Nature associated with the Spring Equinox, here associated with human thoughts and feelings. The spring revival is here illustrated with the twinned references to blossoms bursting forth on the trees (“the White Hand of Moses on the Bough puts out”) and flowers bursting forth from the ground (“Jesus from the Ground suspires”).
tree blossoms bloom
© Chèvrefeuille (our host)
Here is my attempt:
tiny buds open
fragile in new season