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J. Weiland - 1956

Amsterdam, 1960

Jan, or Johan Weiland (1894 - 1976) was a versatile artist, who as a young boy spent many hours on drawing and poetry. In later years he developed his skills in wood cutting and painting, leading to a number of exhibitions of his work. For many years he operated a muppet show for which he prepared the muppets as well as the entire entourage. In 1956 twenty quatrains, translated from FitzGerald's version, were published in the literary magazine 'Rekenschap', and in 1960 a translation of the 115 quatrains from FitzGerald, was published in a little edition by Wereld-Bibliotheek-Vereniging (reissued in 1961). The illustrations were done by Weiland.
Weiland kept working on his translation of the rubaiyat until his death in 1976, and the corrections and alterations of the text led to a revised edition in a posthumous, illustrated volume 'Te weten dat men speelt' (1978), a selection of Weiland's poetry.
A selection of 22 verses, including 'Het Pottenboek' ('Book of pots'), was also selected for an issue of 'De Tweede Ronde', Spring, 1983.

Den Haag, 1978

Kwatrijnen van Omar Khayyam (naar Edward FitzGerald, 1ste editie, 1859). In: Rekenschap, vol. 3 (1958)
Omar Khayyam. Rubaiyat
. Amsterdam; Antwerpen, Wereld-Bibliotheek-Vereniging, 1960. Reissued 1961
Omar Khayyam. Rubaiyat. In: Te weten dat men speelt. Gedichten met tekeningen van de schrijver. Den Haag, Omniboek, 1978
Het Pottenboek. Omar Khayyam. In: De tweede ronde 4 (1983), nr. 1 (lente)

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Waar zuilen rezen en ten drempel toe
eens konings voorhoofd zonk, ik zag nog hoe
een kleine duif daar huisde tussen 't marmer,
en 'roekoe' riep zij, en 'roekoe'.
(1960)


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Waar macht'ge zuilen torsten bouw en front
en vorsten bogen 't voorhoofd tot de grond,
dwaalt roepend nu haar eenzaam roekoekoe
een kleine duif in 't puin van marmer rond.
(1978)