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  • Cygnus_200
    AND a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, Speak to us of Children. And he said: Your children are not your children. They are
    Message 1 of 18 , Sep 12, 2001
      AND a woman who held a babe against her bosom
      said, Speak to us of Children.<br><br>And he
      said:<br><br>Your children are not your children.<br><br>They are
      the sons and daughters of Life's<br>longing for
      itself.<br><br>They come through you but not from<br>you,<br>And
      though they are with you yet they<br>belong not to
      you.<br><br>You may give them your love but not<br>your
      thoughts,<br>For they have their own thoughts.<br><br>You may
      house their bodies but not<br>their souls,<br>For their
      souls dwell in the house of to-<br>morrow, which you
      cannot visit, not even<br>in your dreams.<br><br>You may
      strive to be like them, but seek<br>not to make them
      like you.<br><br>For life goes not backward nor
      tarries<br>with yesterday.<br><br>You are the bows from which
      your children<br>as living arrows are sent
      forth.<br><br>The archer sees the mark upon the path<br>of the
      infinite, and He bends you with His<br>might that His
      arrows may go swift and far.<br><br>Let your bending in
      the archer's hand<br>be for gladness;<br>For even as
      He loves the arrow that flies,<br>so He loves also
      the bow that is stable.
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