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Individual and Couples Counselling in Calgary

  • Writer's pictureRovena Magidin

Khalil Gibran on Love

I want to share with you the famous words from Lebanese-American writer and poet, Khalil Gibran (1883-1931), “The Prophet”. This week I’ll share an abstract "On love".

Earlier this year I shared a segment "On Marriage".

This is on of my favourite parts, and here you can find the the whole poem.

"When love beckons to you, follow him.

Love gives naught but itself and takes

naught but from itself.

Love possesses not nor would it be


For love is sufficient unto love.

When you love you should not say,

“God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am

in the heart of God.”

And think not you can direct the course

of love, for love, if it finds you worthy,

directs your course.

Love has no other desire but to fulfil


But if you love and must needs have

desires, let these be your desires:

To melt and be like a running brook

that sings its melody to the night.

To know the pain of too much tenderness.

To be wounded by your own under-

standing of love;

And to bleed willingly and joyfully.

To wake at dawn with a winged heart

and give thanks for another day of loving;

To rest at the noon hour and meditate

love’s ecstasy;

To return home at eventide with gratitude;

And then to sleep with a prayer for the

beloved in your heart and a song of praise

upon your lips."


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