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   Chapter 6 ON EATING AND DRINKING

The Prophet By Kahlil Gibran Characters: 1545

Updated: 2018-12-29 12:01


THEN an old man, a keeper of an inn, said, Speak to us

Of Eating and Drinking. And he said: Would that you

Could live on the fragrance of the earth, and like an air plant

Be sustained by the light.

But since you must kill to eat, and rob the newly born of its

Mother's milk to quench your thirst, let it then be an act of

Worship, And let your board stand an altar on which the pure and the

Innocent of forest and plain are sacrificed for that which is

Purer and still more innocent in man.

When you kill a beast say to him in your heart: 'By the same

Power that slays you, I too am slain; and I too shall be con-

Sumed.

For the law that delivered you into my hand shall deliver me

Into a mightier hand. Your blood and my blood is na

ught but

The sap that feeds the tree of heaven.'

And when you crush an apple with your teeth, say to it in

Your heart: 'Your seeds shall live in my body, And the buds of

Your tomorrow shall blossom in my heart, And your fragrance

Shall be my breath, And together we shall rejoice through all

The seasons'.

And in the autumn, when you gather the grapes of your

Vineyards for the winepress, say in your heart: 'I too am a

Vineyard, and my fruit shall be gathered for the winepress, And like new wine I shall be kept in eternal vessels'.

And in winter, when you draw the wine, let there be in your

Heart a song for each cup;

And let there be in the song a remembrance for the autumn

Days, and for the vineyard, and for the winepress.

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