Prophet

Prophet

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by Kahlil Gibran
     
 

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A brilliant man's philosophy on love, marriage, joy and sorrow, time, friendship and much more. Originally published in 1923 – translated into more than 20 languages. With 12 full page drawings by Gibran.

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A brilliant man's philosophy on love, marriage, joy and sorrow, time, friendship and much more. Originally published in 1923 – translated into more than 20 languages. With 12 full page drawings by Gibran.

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"Cadenced and vibrant with feeling, the words of Kahlil Gibran bring to one's ears the majestic rhythm of Ecclesiastes... If there is a man or woman who can read this book without a quiet acceptance of a great man's philosophy and a singing in the heart as of music born within, that man or woman is indeed dead to life and truth." —Chicago Post

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There are many editions of this 1923 book, one of the unstoppable triumphs of the last 100 years. Gibran's poetic prose, half New Testament and half Walt Whitman, is used as serious advice and spiritual counsel by millions. This is a new, annotated edition.

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ISBN-13:
9781848378711
Publisher:
Arcturus Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/2011

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ON LOVE
 
Then said Almitra, Speak to us of Love.
 
And he raised his head and looked upon the peo­ple, and there fell a stillness upon them. And with a great voice he said:
 
When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden.
 
 
For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
 
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
 
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.
 
 
Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God’s sacred feast.
 
 
All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart.
 
 
But if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure,
 
Then it is better for you that you cover your na­kedness and pass out of love’s threshing-floor,
 
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
 
 
• • •
 
 
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
 
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
 
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 itself.
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 understanding 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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Meet the Author

Kahlil Gibran, poet, philosopher, and artist was born in Lebanon, in 1883, and received his primary education in Beruit before emigrating with his parents to Boston in 1895. In 1889 he returned to Lebanon to continue his studies in Arabic before returning to Boston in 1903, around which time he met Mart Haskell, who would become his lifelong benefactor. In 1912, he settled in New York City and devoted himself to writing (both in Arabic and English) and to painting. Gibran died in 1931.

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The Prophet 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is one giant poem, which will probably say something new to you each time you read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A masterpiece
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all-time favorite reads. I have a traditional hard back copy, but enjoy the convenience of being able to tap into it's inspiration any time, any where thanks to my Nook app. The format for this particular version is just text...no frills, but because I have the book in hard back, the format is adequate to my needs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this in the 60's at Bethany College and have collected copies from yard sales to give to friends. I have found no one who did not appreciate it. When you have finished this book, find the 'Complete Works of Kahlil Gibran,' awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A classic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With so many deep questions about relationships, life and love, The Prophet opens minds and hearts to deep and timeless answers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in arabic and i swear it changed my life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really changed my outlook on life.
CBus More than 1 year ago
A beautiful book - everyone should have this - easy to read yet profound. Brings great sadness to see this son of Lebanon, now that we experience the devstation to his country in recent years becaue of hard-line fundamentalists
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gilbran is incredible, his words compliment the soul's desire to be at peace with itself. It is a blueprint for knowledge with a foundation of peace. One of my favorite passages is when a young child says to the prophet,'Speak to us of talking'. The prophet replies,'We only speak when we cease to be at peace with our thoughts'. How true is that.? It really is a phenomenal book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I began reading this book when I was ten after my mother and step-father used a chapter of it for their wedding vows. I've read it many times since then and each time I got a new meaning from it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the realm of spiritual writing I can not think of another book that has changed my life on the deepest level. In its pages you will find a simple and poetic prose that reaches to the summit of the soul's natural splendor. Also, you will learn life's lessons in a most beautiful way - through the poet's art of symbols and metaphor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was 18 years old and it struck a nerve in me that I have never felt before by reading a book. It made me think about my life and the things that were going on at that particular point in my life. He made me break down my life and the things that were going on in it
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