Second Edition: Quatrain XLIV
Do you, within your little hour of Grace,
The waving Cypress in your Arms enlace,
Before the Mother back into her arms
Fold, and dissolve you in a last embrace.
This is a rather unique quatrain in that it was introduced in the Second Edition, but then was removed when the Third Edition appeared and was not included in any subsequent edition. It appears to be just another quatrain that advocates the oft expressed philosophy of eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die.
The second line poses the most significant problem: The waving Cypress in your Arms enlace. I don't remember any previous quatrain that referred to a "Cypress," so I looked at later quatrains and found this reference in Quatrain LV:
And lose your fingers in the tresses of
The Cypress-slender Minister of Wine.
According to FitzGerald's notes, this refers to Saki, "A servant whose duties include pouring of the wine." Again, life is short, enjoy yourself before you return to Mother Earth's "last embrace."
This quatrain really does nothing more than reiterate a theme that has been brought out already in numerous quatrains and, no doubt, will appear in future ones. This may be the reason why FitzGerald decided to discard this quatrain after its only appearance in the Second Edition.