Omar Khayyam : What is the purpose?

For more about the 11th c. Persian Sufi and poet Omar Khayyam, see this earlier post.

It is God who adorns our souls
with flowers and with wine.
He knows from the beginning
every story that we’ll tell.
So, since my sin is well within
His knowledge and His will,
what is the purpose of His
burning me in Hell?

Translation Mary O’Connell with Roshanak Vahdani

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