And an astronomer said, "Master, what of Time?" And he answered: You would measure time the measureless and the immeasurable.
And a youth said, "Speak to us of Friendship." Your friend is your needs answered. He is your field which you sow with love and reap with
And a man said, "Speak to us of Self-Knowledge." And he answered, saying: Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights.
And a woman spoke, saying, "Tell us of Pain." And he said: Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
And then a scholar said, "Speak of Talking." And he answered, saying: You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts;
Then said a teacher, "Speak to us of Teaching." And he said: No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning
And the priestess spoke again and said: "Speak to us of Reason and Passion." And he answered saying:
And an orator said, "Speak to us of Freedom." And he answered: At the city gate and by your fireside I have seen you prostrate yourself and worship
Almustafa, the chosen and the beloved,who was a dawn unto his own day,had waited twelve years in the city of Orphalese for his ship that was to return