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   Chapter 3 ON MARRIAGE

The Prophet By Kahlil Gibran Characters: 1077

Updated: 2018-12-29 12:01

THEN Almitra spoke again and said, And what of Mar-

Riage, master? And he answered saying: You were born

Together, and together you shall be for evermore.

You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter

Your days. Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memo-

Ry of God.

But let there be spaces in your togetherness. And let the

Winds of the heavens dance between you. 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 oth

er's cup but drink not from one cup. Give one

Another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and

Dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though 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


And stand together yet not too near together: For the pillars

Of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress

Grow not in each other's shadow.

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