Kahlil Gibran , The Prophet

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The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

Then a mason came forth and said, Speak to us of Houses 

Your house is your larger body.
It grows in the sun and sleeps in the stillness of the night

Then a scholar said, Speak to us of Talking,

You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts;
And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips,and sound is a diversion and a past time.
And in much of your talking,thinking is half murdered.

Then Almitra spoke and said , what of Love,

When love beckons to you , follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
For even as love crowns you
 so shall he crucify you.
Even as he is for your growth
 so is he for your pruning
But if in your fear you would seek only love's peace and love's pleaseure.
It is better for you to pass out of loves threshing floor,
Into a season less world where you shall laugh,
 but not all of your laughter,and weep,
 but not all of your tears.

Love possesses not nor would it be possessed.

Then Almitra spoke again and said,What of  Marriage

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls

Fill each others cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Even as the strings of a lute are alone they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the Hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together

For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak and cypress grow not in each other's shadow.

Then a woman came forth and said, Speak to us of Sorrow

The self same well from which your laughter rises
 was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being,
 the more joy you can contain.

Is not the lute that soothes your spirit
 the very wood that was hollowed with knives?

When you are sorrowful, look into your heart
 and you shall see that in truth you are weeping 
for that which has been your delight.

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