Persian poet, mathematician and astronomer, Omar Khayyam, was born on the 18th May 1048.
One of the best known quatrains of his Rubaiyat is one of the most beautiful love poems ever written and often quoted.:
Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse - and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness -
And Wilderness is Paradise enow.