‘The Prophet’, by Lebanese poet Kahil Gibran, was first published in 1932. Translated into over 50 languages, it transcends many of the boundaries created by politics and religion, and is still hugely popular. It is made up of 26 prose poems, delivered by a fictional ‘prophet’ as sermons. Though deeply spiritual, the sermons are free of dogma and orthodoxy. ‘Love One Another’ comes from the sermon ‘On Marriage’. The text has been set in a beautifully lush, and rich texture. Suitable for University choir level and above.
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.