On Children

This song arrangement comes from Sweet Honey in the Rock with lyrics from Khalil Gibran's The Prophet.

 

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On Children Lyrics

Your children are not your children
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself

They come through you but they are not from you
And though they are with you, they belong not to you

You may give them your love but not your thoughts
They have their own thoughts
They have their own thoughts

You may house their bodies but not their souls
For their souls dwell in the place of tomorrow
Which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams

You can strive to be like them
But you cannot make them just like you
Strive to be like them
But you cannot make them just like you

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