From Wikiquote
Jump to navigation Jump to search
The Golden Road to Samarkand ~ James Elroy Flecker

Samarkand or Samarqand (Uzbek and Tajik: Самарқанд; Persian: سمرقند) is a city in south-eastern Uzbekistan and among the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Central Asia.


  • The almond groves of Samarcand,
      Bokhara, where red lilies blow,
    And Oxus, by whose yellow sand
      The grave white-turbaned merchants go;
  • ‘There’s a far-off scent about you seems
    Born in Samarkand.’
    • Rachel Taylor, "The Princess of Scotland"
  • White on a throne or guarded in a cave
      There lies a prophet who can understand
    Why men were born: but surely we are brave,
      Who take the Golden Road to Samarkand.
    • James Elroy Flecker, Hassan of Bagdad (1922), Act 5, Scene 2
    • The last line is sometimes rendered "Who make the Golden Journey to Samarkand."
  • To learn the age-old lesson day by day:
    It is not in the bright arrival planned,
    But in the dreams men dream along the way,
    They find the Golden Road to Samarkand.
    • George Macdonald Fraser, Flashman at the Charge (1973)
Wikipedia has an article about: