A selection from the work of Omar Khayyam a Polymath. He was a philosopher, mathematician, a scholar of Islam, a Sufi and a poet. He was born in 1048 and died in 1131 at an age of 83. Here is a sample of his poetry.
Of knowledge naught remained I did not know,
Of secrets, scarcely any, high or low;
All day and night for three score and twelve years,
I pondered, just to learn that naught I know.