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Joy And Sorrow Chapter Viii - Poem by Khalil Gibran

Then a woman said, "Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow."

And he answered:

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.

And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.

And how else can it be?

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.

Is not the cup that hold your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?

And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?

When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Some of you say, "Joy is greater than sorrow," and others say, "Nay, sorrow is the greater."

But I say unto you, they are inseparable.

Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.

Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.

When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.

Comments about Joy And Sorrow Chapter Viii by Khalil Gibran

  • Gold Star - 10,084 Points Charity Nduhiu (8/12/2015 11:52:00 PM)

    I like the way you have flamed your words. Nice write (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 62,072 Points * Sunprincess * (8/10/2015 4:27:00 PM)

    ...very nice, beautiful metaphors of joy and sorrow ★ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jaime Mackey (3/18/2013 11:23:00 AM)

    Wow, beautiful. That is all I can say about this poem. The man is a philosopher, a deep thinker, that with imagery relays his messages to others easing their burdens with the soft tones of his words and style, with accepting life, the good and bad as it comes, as inevitable and both for the greater good. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Joy

  1. 1. Joy And Sorrow Chapter Viii , Khalil Gibran
  2. 2. Casey At The Bat , Ernest Lawrence Thayer
  3. 3. "How Great My Grief" (Triolet) , Thomas Hardy
  4. 4. Infant Joy , William Blake
  5. 5. Eternity , William Blake
  6. 6. Blank Joy , Rainer Maria Rilke
  7. 7. Meeting At Night , Robert Browning
  8. 8. Joy And Pleasure , William Henry Davies
  9. 9. Joy , Carl Sandburg
  10. 10. Silent, Silent Night , William Blake
  11. 11. The Ache Of Marriage , Denise Levertov
  12. 12. A Song Of Joys , Walt Whitman
  13. 13. From Blossoms , Li-Young Lee
  14. 14. 'Tis So Much Joy! , Emily Dickinson
  15. 15. The Best Friend , William Henry Davies
  16. 16. Joy , Robinson Jeffers
  17. 17. Hymn 101 , Isaac Watts
  18. 18. The Joy Of The Lord Is Your Strength , John Newton
  19. 19. Sadness And Joy , William Henry Davies
  20. 20. Happiness And Vision , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  21. 21. There Is Pleasure In The Pathless Woods , George Gordon Byron
  22. 22. Joy, Shipmate, Joy! , Walt Whitman
  23. 23. The Delight Song Of Tsoai-Talee , Navarre Scott Momaday
  24. 24. The Gladness Of Nature , William Cullen Bryant
  25. 25. She Was A Phantom Of Delight , William Wordsworth
  26. 26. My Delight And Thy Delight , Robert Seymour Bridges
  27. 27. The Answer , Sara Teasdale
  28. 28. Let Dogs Delight To Bark And Bite , Isaac Watts
  29. 29. Girl-Gladness , Zora Bernice May Cross
  30. 30. Jesus All My Gladness , Johann Franck
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