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On Marriage

On Marriage

Love and marriage are the two subjects that forever fascinated great writers. Of all the worldly affairs that we humankind are a part of, marriage has always held the position of a sacred writ given to us directly by the divine eternal. A literature enthusiast is sure to stumble upon an enormous array of literary creations on marriage from the world of literature and poetry among which a poem written by Lebanese-American poet Khalil Gibran could be considered as one with an everlasting philosophical beauty to it. Here is the poem “On Marriage” by Khalil Gibran.

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 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 other'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 hearts. 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.