Khalil Gibran

A Poet’s Death Is His Life Iv By Khalil Gibran

A Poet’s Death Is His Life Iv By Khalil Gibran

A Poet’s Death Is His Life Iv The dark wings of night enfolded the city upon which Nature had spread a pure white garment of snow; and men deserted the streets for their houses in search of warmth, while the north wind probed in contemplation of laying waste the gardens. There in the suburb st... »

Song Of The Wave Xvii By Khalil Gibran

Song Of The Wave Xvii By Khalil Gibran

Song Of The Wave Xvii The strong shore is my beloved And I am his sweetheart. We are at last united by love, and Then the moon draws me from him. I go to him in haste and depart Reluctantly, with many Little farewells. I steal swiftly from behind the Blue horizon to cast the silver of My foam upon t... »

Laws Xiii By Khalil Gibran

Laws Xiii By Khalil Gibran

Laws Xiii Then a lawyer said, “But what of our Laws, master?” And he answered: You delight in laying down laws, Yet you delight more in breaking them. Like children playing by the ocean who build sand-towers with constancy and then destroy them with laughter. But while you build your san... »

Good And Evil  By Khalil Gibran

Good And Evil By Khalil Gibran

Good and Evil by Kahlil Gibran And one of the elders of the city said, Speak to us of Good and Evil. And he answered: Of the good in you I can speak, but not of the evil. For what is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst? Verily when good is hungry it seeks food even in dark caves, and... »

The Wise Dog By Khalil Gibran

The Wise Dog By Khalil Gibran

The Wise Dog One day there passed by a company of cats a wise dog. And as he came near and saw that they were very intent and heeded him not, he stopped. Then there arose in the midst of the company a large, grave cat and looked upon them and said, ‘Brethren, pray ye; and when ye have prayed a... »

Reason And Passion  By Khalil Gibran

Reason And Passion By Khalil Gibran

Reason and Passion by Kahlil Gibran And the priestess spoke again and said: Speak to us of Reason and Passion. And he answered, saying: Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgment wage war against your passion and your appetite. Would that I could be the peacemake... »

Clothes Chapter X By Khalil Gibran

Clothes Chapter X By Khalil Gibran

Clothes Chapter X And the weaver said, “Speak to us of Clothes.” And he answered: Your clothes conceal much of your beauty, yet they hide not the unbeautiful. And though you seek in garments the freedom of privacy you may find in them a harness and a chain. Would that you could meet the ... »

The Hymn Of Man By Khalil Gibran

The Hymn Of Man By Khalil Gibran

The Hymn Of Man I was, And I am. So shall I be to the end of time, For I am without end. I have cleft the vast spaces of the infinite, and Taken flight in the world of fantasy, and drawn nigh To the circle of light on high. Yet behold me a captive of matter. I have hearkened to the teachings of Conf... »

My Friend By Khalil Gibran

My Friend By Khalil Gibran

My Friend My friend, I am not what I seem. Seeming is but a garment I wear–a care-woven garment that protects me from thy questionings and thee from my negligence. The ‘I’ in me, my friend, dwells in the house of silence, and therein it shall remain for ever more, unperceived, unap... »

A Lover’s Call Xxvii By Khalil Gibran

A Lover’s Call Xxvii By Khalil Gibran

A Lover’s Call Xxvii Where are you, my beloved? Are you in that little Paradise, watering the flowers who look upon you As infants look upon the breast of their mothers? Or are you in your chamber where the shrine of Virtue has been placed in your honor, and upon Which you offer my heart and s... »

Song Of The Soul Xxii By Khalil Gibran

Song Of The Soul Xxii By Khalil Gibran

Song Of The Soul Xxii In the depth of my soul there is A wordless song – a song that lives In the seed of my heart. It refuses to melt with ink on Parchment; it engulfs my affection In a transparent cloak and flows, But not upon my lips. How can I sigh it? I fear it may Mingle with earthly eth... »

Laughter And Tears Ix By Khalil Gibran

Laughter And Tears Ix By Khalil Gibran

Laughter And Tears Ix As the Sun withdrew his rays from the garden, and the moon threw cushioned beams upon the flowers, I sat under the trees pondering upon the phenomena of the atmosphere, looking through the branches at the strewn stars which glittered like chips of silver upon a blue carpet; and... »

God By Khalil Gibran

God By Khalil Gibran

God In the ancient days, when the first quiver of speech came to my lips, I ascended the holy mountain and spoke unto God, saying, ‘Master, I am thy slave. Thy hidden will is my law and I shall obey thee for ever more.’ But God made no answer, and like a mighty tempest passed away. And a... »

The Vast Man  By Khalil Gibran

The Vast Man By Khalil Gibran

The Vast Man by Kahlil Gibran But sweeter still than laughter and greater than longing came to me. It was the boundless in you; The vast man in whom you are all but cells and sinews; He in whose chant all your singing is but a soundless throbbing. It is in the vast man that you are vast, And in beho... »

Prayer Xxiii By Khalil Gibran

Prayer Xxiii By Khalil Gibran

Prayer Xxiii Then a priestess said, “Speak to us of Prayer.” And he answered, saying: You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance. For what is prayer but the expansion of yourself into the living eth... »

Chapter 9 – The Seven Selves By Khalil Gibran

Chapter 9 – The Seven Selves By Khalil Gibran

Chapter 9 – The Seven Selves In the stillest hour of the night, as I lay half asleep, my seven selves sat together and thus conversed in whisper: First Self: Here, in this madman, I have dwelt all these years, with naught to do but renew his pain by day and recreate his sorrow by night. I can ... »

The Farewell Xxviii By Khalil Gibran

The Farewell Xxviii By Khalil Gibran

The Farewell Xxviii And now it was evening. And Almitra the seeress said, “Blessed be this day and this place and your spirit that has spoken.” And he answered, Was it I who spoke? Was I not also a listener? Then he descended the steps of the Temple and all the people followed him. And h... »

On Death By Khalil Gibran

On Death By Khalil Gibran

On Death Then Almitra spoke, saying, ‘We would ask now of Death.’ And he said: You would know the secret of death. But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life? The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light. If you would ind... »

Your Children By Khalil Gibran

Your Children By Khalil Gibran

Your Children Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you. And though they are with you, they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts. Yo... »

Song Of Love Xxiv By Khalil Gibran

Song Of Love Xxiv By Khalil Gibran

Song Of Love Xxiv I am the lover’s eyes, and the spirit’s Wine, and the heart’s nourishment. I am a rose. My heart opens at dawn and The virgin kisses me and places me Upon her breast. I am the house of true fortune, and the Origin of pleasure, and the beginning Of peace and tranqu... »

Joy And Sorrow Chapter Viii By Khalil Gibran

Joy And Sorrow Chapter Viii By Khalil Gibran

Joy And Sorrow Chapter Viii Then a woman said, “Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow.” And he answered: Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame 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 b... »

Friendship Ixx By Khalil Gibran

Friendship Ixx By Khalil Gibran

Friendship Ixx And a youth said, “Speak to us of Friendship.” Your friend is your needs answered. He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving. And he is your board and your fireside. For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace. When your frien... »

The Two Hermits By Khalil Gibran

The Two Hermits By Khalil Gibran

The Two Hermits Upon a lonely mountain, there lived two hermits who worshipped God and loved one another. Now these two hermits had one earthen bowl, and this was their only possession. One day an evil spirit entered into the heart of the older hermit and he came to the younger and said, ‘It i... »

Prayer  By Khalil Gibran

Prayer By Khalil Gibran

Prayer by Kahlil Gibran Then a priestess said, Speak to us of Prayer. And he answered, saying: You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance. For what is prayer but the expansion of yourself into the living ether?... »

Children By Khalil Gibran

Children By Khalil Gibran

Children And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, ‘Speak to us of Children.’ And he said: Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you, yet they bel... »

The Life Of Love Xvi By Khalil Gibran

The Life Of Love Xvi By Khalil Gibran

The Life Of Love Xvi Spring Come, my beloved; let us walk amidst the knolls, For the snow is water, and Life is alive from its Slumber and is roaming the hills and valleys. Let us follow the footprints of Spring into the Distant fields, and mount the hilltops to draw Inspiration high above the cool ... »

On Friendship By Khalil Gibran

On Friendship By Khalil Gibran

On Friendship Your friend is your needs answered. He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving. And he is your board and your fireside. For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace. When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the ‘nay’ in your... »

Yesterday And Today Xii By Khalil Gibran

Yesterday And Today Xii By Khalil Gibran

Yesterday And Today Xii The gold-hoarder walked in his palace park and with him walked his troubles. And over his head hovered worries as a vulture hovers over a carcass, until he reached a beautiful lake surrounded by magnificent marble statuary. He sat there pondering the water which poured from t... »

Song Of Man Xxv By Khalil Gibran

Song Of Man Xxv By Khalil Gibran

Song Of Man Xxv I was here from the moment of the Beginning, and here I am still. And I shall remain here until the end Of the world, for there is no Ending to my grief-stricken being. I roamed the infinite sky, and Soared in the ideal world, and Floated through the firmament. But Here I am, prisone... »

Houses Chapter Ix By Khalil Gibran

Houses Chapter Ix By Khalil Gibran

Houses Chapter Ix A mason came forth and said, “Speak to us of Houses.” And he answered and said: Build of your imaginings a bower in the wilderness ere you build a house within the city walls. For even as you have home-comings in your twilight, so has the wanderer in you, the ever dista... »

Giving Chapter V By Khalil Gibran

Giving Chapter V By Khalil Gibran

Giving Chapter V Then said a rich man, “Speak to us of Giving.” And he answered: You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. For what are your possessions but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow? An... »

The Sleep-Walkers By Khalil Gibran

The Sleep-Walkers By Khalil Gibran

The Sleep-Walkers In the town where I was born lived a woman and her daughter, who walked in their sleep. One night, while silence enfolded the world, the woman and her daughter, walking, yet asleep, met in their mist-veiled garden. And the mother spoke, and she said: ‘At last, at last, my ene... »

Pleasure Xxiv By Khalil Gibran

Pleasure Xxiv By Khalil Gibran

Pleasure Xxiv Then a hermit, who visited the city once a year, came forth and said, “Speak to us of Pleasure.” And he answered, saying: Pleasure is a freedom song, But it is not freedom. It is the blossoming of your desires, But it is not their fruit. It is a depth calling unto a height,... »

Buying And Selling Chapter Xi By Khalil Gibran

Buying And Selling Chapter Xi By Khalil Gibran

Buying And Selling Chapter Xi And a merchant said, “Speak to us of Buying and Selling.” And he answered and said: To you the earth yields her fruit, and you shall not want if you but know how to fill your hands. It is in exchanging the gifts of the earth that you shall find abundance and... »

The Criminal V By Khalil Gibran

The Criminal V By Khalil Gibran

The Criminal V A young man of strong body, weakened by hunger, sat on the walker’s portion of the street stretching his hand toward all who passed, begging and repeating his hand toward all who passed, begging and repeating the sad song of his defeat in life, while suffering from hunger and fr... »

Marriage By Khalil Gibran

Marriage By Khalil Gibran

Marriage Then Almitra spoke again and said, ‘And what of Marriage, master?’ And he answered saying: You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore. You shall be together when white wings of death scatter your days. Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of Go... »

Work Chapter Vii By Khalil Gibran

Work Chapter Vii By Khalil Gibran

Work Chapter Vii Then a ploughman said, “Speak to us of Work.” And he answered, saying: You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth. For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life’s procession, that marches in majesty a... »

Song Of The Rain Vii By Khalil Gibran

Song Of The Rain Vii By Khalil Gibran

Song Of The Rain Vii I am dotted silver threads dropped from heaven By the gods. Nature then takes me, to adorn Her fields and valleys. I am beautiful pearls, plucked from the Crown of Ishtar by the daughter of Dawn To embellish the gardens. When I cry the hills laugh; When I humble myself the flowe... »

Good And Evil Xxii By Khalil Gibran

Good And Evil Xxii By Khalil Gibran

Good And Evil Xxii And one of the elders of the city said, “Speak to us of Good and Evil.” And he answered: Of the good in you I can speak, but not of the evil. For what is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst? Verily when good is hungry it seeks food even in dark caves, a... »

Giving  By Khalil Gibran

Giving By Khalil Gibran

Giving by Kahlil Gibran You often say, “I would give, but only to the deserving.” The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture. They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish. Surely he who is worthy to receive his days and his nights, is worthy of all... »

The Scarecrow By Khalil Gibran

The Scarecrow By Khalil Gibran

The Scarecrow Once I said to a scarecrow, ‘You must be tired of standing in this lonely field.’ And he said, ‘The joy of scaring is a deep and lasting one, and I never tire of it.’ Said I, after a minute of thought, ‘It is true; for I too have known that joy.’ Sai... »

Peace Xviii By Khalil Gibran

Peace Xviii By Khalil Gibran

Peace Xviii The tempest calmed after bending the branches of the trees and leaning heavily upon the grain in the field. The stars appeared as broken remnants of lightning, but now silence prevailed over all, as if Nature’s war had never been fought. At that hour a young woman entered her chamb... »

Bewildered  By Khalil Gibran

Bewildered By Khalil Gibran

Bewildered by Kahlil Gibran This would I have you remember in remembering me: That which seems most feeble and bewildered in you is the strongest and most determined. Is it not your breath that has erected and hardened the structure of you bones? And is it not a dream which none of you remember havi... »

The Creation I By Khalil Gibran

The Creation I By Khalil Gibran

The Creation I The God separated a spirit from Himself and fashioned it into Beauty. He showered upon her all the blessings of gracefulness and kindness. He gave her the cup of happiness and said, “Drink not from this cup unless you forget the past and the future, for happiness is naught but t... »

Love One Another By Khalil Gibran

Love One Another By Khalil Gibran

Love One Another You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore. You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days. Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God. But let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance betw... »

Vision X By Khalil Gibran

Vision X By Khalil Gibran

Vision X There in the middle of the field, by the side of a crystalline stream, I saw a bird-cage whose rods and hinges were fashioned by an expert’s hands. In one corner lay a dead bird, and in another were two basins — one empty of water and the other of seeds. I stood there reverently... »

Song Of The Flower Xxiii By Khalil Gibran

Song Of The Flower Xxiii By Khalil Gibran

Song Of The Flower Xxiii I am a kind word uttered and repeated By the voice of Nature; I am a star fallen from the Blue tent upon the green carpet. I am the daughter of the elements With whom Winter conceived; To whom Spring gave birth; I was Reared in the lap of Summer and I Slept in the bed of Aut... »

Give Me The Flute By Khalil Gibran

Give Me The Flute By Khalil Gibran

Give Me The Flute Give me the flute, and sing immortality lies in a song and even after we’ve perished the flute continues to lament have you taken refuge in the woods away from places like me followed streams on their courses and climbed up the rocks. Did you ever bathe in a perfume and dry y... »

The Poet Viii By Khalil Gibran

The Poet Viii By Khalil Gibran

The Poet Viii He is a link between this and the coming world. He is A pure spring from which all thirsty souls may drink. He is a tree watered by the River of Beauty, bearing Fruit which the hungry heart craves; He is a nightingale, soothing the depressed Spirit with his beautiful melodies; He is a ... »

Pain By Khalil Gibran

Pain By Khalil Gibran

Pain And a woman spoke, saying, ‘Tell us of Pain.’ And he said: Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain. And could you keep your heart in wonder at the d... »

Beauty Xxv By Khalil Gibran

Beauty Xxv By Khalil Gibran

Beauty Xxv And a poet said, ‘Speak to us of Beauty.’ Where shall you seek beauty, and how shall you find her unless she herself be your way and your guide? And how shall you speak of her except she be the weaver of your speech? The aggrieved and the injured say, ‘Beauty is kind and... »

The Coming Of The Ship By Khalil Gibran

The Coming Of The Ship By Khalil Gibran

The Coming Of The Ship Almustafa, the chosen and the beloved, who was a dawn onto his own day, had waited twelve years in the city of Orphalese for his ship that was to return and bear him back to the isle of his birth. And in the twelfth year, on the seventh day of Ielool, the month of reaping, he ... »

Love Is A Magic Ray By Khalil Gibran

Love Is A Magic Ray By Khalil Gibran

Love Is A Magic Ray Love is a magic ray emitted from the burning core of the soul and illuminating the surrounding earth. It enables us to perceive life as a beautiful dream between one awakening and another. Hits: 0 »

Two Wishes Xi By Khalil Gibran

Two Wishes Xi By Khalil Gibran

Two Wishes Xi In the silence of the night Death descended from God toward the earth. He hovered above a city and pierced the dwellings with his eyes. He say the spirits floating on wings of dreams, and the people who were surrendered to the Slumber. When the moon fell below the horizon and the city ... »

Song Of Fortune Vi By Khalil Gibran

Song Of Fortune Vi By Khalil Gibran

Song Of Fortune Vi Man and I are sweethearts He craves me and I long for him, But alas! Between us has appeared A rival who brings us misery. She is cruel and demanding, Possessing empty lure. Her name is Substance. She follows wherever we go And watches like a sentinel, bringing Restlessness to my ... »

Death Xxvii By Khalil Gibran

Death Xxvii By Khalil Gibran

Death Xxvii Then Almitra spoke, saying, “We would ask now of Death.” And he said: You would know the secret of death. But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life? The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light. If you would ... »

The Playground Of Life Xix By Khalil Gibran

The Playground Of Life Xix By Khalil Gibran

The Playground Of Life Xix One hour devoted to the pursuit of Beauty And Love is worth a full century of glory Given by the frightened weak to the strong. From that hour comes man’s Truth; and During that century Truth sleeps between The restless arms of disturbing dreams. In that hour the sou... »

On Religion By Khalil Gibran

On Religion By Khalil Gibran

On Religion And an old priest said, ‘Speak to us of Religion.’ And he said: Have I spoken this day of aught else? Is not religion all deeds and all reflection, And that which is neither deed nor reflection, but a wonder and a surprise ever springing in the soul, even while the hands hew ... »

A Visit From Wisdom By Khalil Gibran

A Visit From Wisdom By Khalil Gibran

A Visit From Wisdom In the stillness of night Wisdom came and stood By my bed. She gazed upon me like a tender mother And wiped away my tears, and said : ‘I have heard The cry of your spirit and I am come to comfort it. Open your heart to me and I shall fill it with light. Ask of me and I shal... »

The City Of The Dead Xx By Khalil Gibran

The City Of The Dead Xx By Khalil Gibran

The City Of The Dead Xx Yesterday I drew myself from the noisome throngs and proceeded into the field until I reached a knoll upon which Nature had spread her comely garments. Now I could breathe. I looked back, and the city appeared with its magnificent mosques and stately residences veiled by the ... »

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