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The Storm
by Kahlil Gibran

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The Soul

The Great God separated a soul from His own essence and fashioned beauty within her.
He gave her the mildness of the evening breezes, the fragrance of wildflowers, the gentleness of moonlight.
He gave her a cup of happiness and said, 'Drink of it only if you forget the past and are heedless of the future.'
He gave her a cup of sorrow and said, 'Drink of it and apprehend the essence of life's joy.'
He scattered within her love that will desert her at the first sigh of fulfillment and a sweetness that will desert her at the first world of pride.
From heave He sent down knowledge upon her to guide her on the paths of truth.
Deep within her He placed discernment to see what cannot be seen.
In her He created a yearning that flows with dreams and runs with spirits.
He clothed her with a robe of longing, woven by angels from rainbow threads.
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