Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

How do you interpret this familiar passage?

"The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it." From the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

Is there any connection with the Book of Daniel and its description of a disembodied hand writing a prophecy on the wall?

3 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    You're getting hung up on that "writing finger" image. Khayyam was warning against regret over the past. Daniel's story was intended to point out Belshazzar's future.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I think it means be careful of what you write, and what you sign your name to, as once done you can't take it back.

    Source(s): Just what I think.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Why on earth should there be?

    What bollocks!

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