Kahlil Gibrans "Hymn of Man"

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Kahlil Gibrans "Hymn of Man"

Post by Eternum 1 » Mon Jun 13, 2005 9:59 pm

I was,
And I am.
So shall I be to the end of time,
For I am without end.

I have cleft the vast spaces of the infinite,
and
taken flight in the world of fantasy, and drawn nigh
to the circle of light on high.
Yet behold me a captive of matter.
I have hearkened to the teachings of Confucius,
and listened to the wisdom of Brahma,
and sat
beside the Buddha beneath the tree of knowledge.
Behold me now contending with ignorance and
unbelieving.

I was upon Sinai when the Lord showed Himself
to Moses.
By the Jordan I beheld the Nazarene's
miracles.
In Medina I heard the words of the
Apostle of Arabia.

Behold me now a prisoner of doubt.
I have seen Babylon's strength and Egypt's glory
and the greatness of Greece.
My eyes cease not
upon the smallness and poverty of their works.
I have sat with the witch of Endor and the priests
of Assyria and the prophets of Palestine, and I cease
not to chant the truth.

I have learned the wisdom that descended on
India, and gained mastery over poetry that welled
from the Arabian's heart, and hearkened to the
music of people from the West.
Yet am I blind and see not; my ears are stopped
and I do not hear.

I have borne the harshness of unsatiable
conquerors, and felt the oppression of tyrants and the
bondage of the powerful.
Yet am I strong to do battle with the days.
All this have I heard and seen, and I am yet a
child.
In truth shall I hear and see the deeds of
youth, and grow old and attain perfection and
return to God.

I was,
And I am.
So shall I be to the end of time,
For I am without end.
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Post by heinzs » Tue Jun 14, 2005 12:35 am

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Post by Moongem » Tue Jun 14, 2005 9:08 pm

:shock: Holy Guacamole! ...

A beauty of a piece, a 'remembrance', a knowledge and an epiphany, perhaps to others, if they can hear what you speak, Sublime Poet. You've captured and coaxed and couched a truth of Man, a reality of All, our Future, Eternum. It thrilled through me as I read, because, in my last year's spiritual quest, I've learned of much of which you so eloquently emote.

It's form? Unneeded, to my mind, but, I hear ancient beats and syllabic flow and gods-on-earth with heads of birds and animals...

An excellent, prophetic-memoried piece of exceptional design and composition, not to mention history, progression and hope.

Erin

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Post by Richard taylor » Thu Jun 16, 2005 4:39 am

wonderful poem worthy of any poem of the week or month i enjoyed it
very much and agree with Erin,
excellent
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Post by Eternum 1 » Fri Aug 19, 2005 11:44 am

Thanks all, on behalf of Kahlil, I see and honor your thoughtful replies.

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Post by nrip4life » Fri Nov 30, 2007 3:03 pm

aaah one of my favorite poets!!! i love kahlil.... thank you for sharing
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Post by poeticpiers » Sun Oct 18, 2009 8:43 am

he recognised the immortality of the human soul and phrased it suit our understandin
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Re: Kahlil Gibrans "Hymn of Man"

Post by ailill » Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:30 am

Wow! This is a really powerful piece.. I can see where Gibran inspired here.. I read his book
'the Prophet' and also found him to be inspiring.. I like the use of 'his voice' here.. good piece

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Post by poeticpiers » Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:55 am

An inspired write by a true prophet but sadly like all prophets he is honoured but not obeyed
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Post by bags123 » Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:58 pm

Wow! First time I actually read it all the way through. Powerful stuff. :thumbsup:
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Post by midnight_kitty_kat » Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:05 pm

What a stunning way he's captured our history and essence. I love this.
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