Khalil Gibran

The prophet

On marriage




Arabic literature

poetry in prose

Original English text



Kahlil Gibran All the poems > here



Short introduction

The writer Khalil Gibran is chiefly known in the English-speaking world for his 1923 book “The Prophet”, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose, that inspired, from the sixties, the “New Age”.

Below, you can find the text of the prose poetry: “On marriage”, extracted from the book “the Prophet” by Khalil Gibran, in the original English language.

On yeyebook you can also read the chapter: “On Children” extracted from the book “The Prophet” by Khalil Gibran by clicking here. and the chapter: On Joy and Sorrow” by clicking here

Below below, you can find the video, audio-book, of love poetry by Khalil Gibran: “On marriage” from the book “The prophet” read in English.

Good reading and good listening.




Khalil Gibran

The Prophet

On marriage


Arabic literature

Original English text




Then Almitra spoke again and said,

And what of Marriage, master?

And he answered saying:


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.



Khalil Gibran – On marriage

from: The prophet (1923) 

Arabic literature – poetry in prose

Original English text




Kahlil Gibran All the poems > here




Video Audiobook

Khalil Gibran – On marriage


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