The Broken Wings

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The Broken Wings
Kahlil Gibran

The Broken Wings

Table of Contents
The Broken Wings..............................................................................................................................................1 Kahlil Gibran...........................................................................................................................................1 FOREWORD...........................................................................................................................................1 SILENT SORROW ..................................................................................................................................2 THE HAND OF DESTINY.....................................................................................................................3 ENTRANCE TO THE SHRINE ..............................................................................................................4 THE WHITE TORCH.............................................................................................................................6 THE TEMPEST.......................................................................................................................................7 THE LAKE OF FIRE............................................................................................................................11 BEFORE THE THRONE OF DEATH ..................................................................................................17 BETWEEN CHRIST AND ISHTAR....................................................................................................21 THE SACRIFICE..................................................................................................................................23 THE RESCUER.....................................................................................................................................26

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The Broken Wings
Kahlil Gibran
This page formatted 2005 Blackmask Online. http://www.blackmask.com • FOREWORD • SILENT SORROW • THE HAND OF DESTINY • ENTRANCE TO THE SHRINE • THE WHITE TORCH • THE TEMPEST • THE LAKE OF FIRE • BEFORE THE THRONE OF DEATH • BETWEEN CHRIST AND ISHTAR • THE SACRIFICE • THE RESCUER This eBook was produced by: Stuart Kidd Original file Courtesy of Kahlil Gibran Online−−www.kahlil.org

FOREWORD
I was eighteen years of age when love opened my eyes with its magic rays and touched my spirit for the first time with its fiery fingers, and Selma Karamy was the first woman who awakened my spirit with her beauty and led me into the garden of high affection, where days pass like dreams and nights like weddings. Selma Karamy was the one who taught me to worship beauty by the example of her own beauty and revealed to me the secret of love by her affection; se was the one who first sang to me the poetry of real life. Every young man remembers his first love and tries to recapture that strange hour, the memory of which changes his deepest feeling and makes him so happy in spite of all the bitterness of its mystery. In every young man's life there is a "Selma" who appears to him suddenly while in the spring of life and transforms his solitude into happy moments and fills the silence of his nights with music. I was deeply engrossed in thought and contemplation and seeking to understand the meaning of nature and the revelation of books and scriptures when I heard LOVE whispered into my ears through Selma's lips. My life was a coma, empty like that of Adam's in Paradise, when I saw Selma standing before me like a column of light. She was the Eve of my heart who filled it with secrets and wonders and made me understand the meaning of life. The first Eve led Adam out of Paradise by her own will, while Selma made me enter willingly into the paradise of pure love and virtue by her sweetness and love; but what happened to the first man also happened to me, and the fiery word which chased Adam out of...
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