By Kahil Gibran
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught from itself
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto Love.
When you love you should not say, "God is in my heart," but
Rather, "I am in the heart of God."
And think not you can direct the course of love,
for love If it finds you worthy, directs your course
Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself
But if you love and must needs desires,
Let these be your desires...
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night;
To know the pain of too much tenderness;
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully
To wake at dawn with a winged heart
and to give thanks for another day of loving
To rest at the noon hour and meditate loves ecstasy
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
and then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart
and a song of praise upon your lips.