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An Excerpt from Kahlil Gibran's

NOTE: These lines from "The Prophet " have been used in wedding ceremonies --- Most often during the 1960's and early 1970's,  when young couples opted for something other than a traditional ceremony.  The service usually took place outdoors in a natural setting, with informal dress --- and instead of a wedding veil, the Bride wore flowers in her hair.


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.


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