wedding celebrant

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When I was quite young my mother introduced me to the incredible works of Kahil Gibran, a Lebanese artist, poet, and writer.  Not just any old writer – but the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Laozi.  Since my mother died, one of her belongings which I treasure most is a copy of The Prophet.  And today I want to share with you a very beautiful wedding reading from that book…


On Marriage – by Kahil Gibran

“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.”


Do you have a favourite wedding reading?   If so, please share the love and post it in the comments box below.