Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights. But your ears thirst for the sound of your heart's knowledge. You would know in words which you have always know in thought. You would touch with your fingers the naked body of your dreams. And it is well you should. Your soul must needs rise and run murmuring to the sea; And the treasure of your infinite depths be revealed to your eyes. But let there be no scales to weigh your unknown treasure; And seek not the depths of your knowledge with staff or sounding line. For self is a sea boundless and measureless. Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth." Say not, "I have found the path of the soul." Say rather, "I have met the soul walking upon my path."
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- by Khalil Gibran (1883 - 1931), appears in The Prophet [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Steven Ebel , "Self knowledge", 2012-2014 [ soprano and piano ], from Cycle eternal, no. 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
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- GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Selbsterkenntnis", copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website: 2019-03-20
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Word count: 144