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   Chapter 4 ON CHILDREN

The Prophet By Kahlil Gibran Characters: 1039

Updated: 2018-12-29 12:01

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 belong not to you. You may give them

Your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own


You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their

Souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, Not e

ven in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them

Like you.

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You

Are the bows from which your children as living arrows are

Sent forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and

He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift

And far.

Let your bending in the Archer's hand be for gladness; For

Even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow

That is stable.

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