The Three Gifts


Once in the city of Becharre there lived a gracious prince who was loved and honoured by all his subjects. But there was one exceedingly poor man who was bitter against the prince and who wagged continually a pestilent tongue in his dispraise.

The prince knew this, yet he was patient.

But at last he bethought him; and upon a wintry night there came to the door of the man a servant of the prince, bearing a sack of flour, a bag of soap, and a cone of sugar.

And the servant said, “The prince sends you these gifts in token of remembrance.”

The man was elated for he thought the gifts were homage from the prince. And in his pride he went to the bishop and told him what the prince had done, saying, “Can you not see how the prince desires my goodwill?”

But the bishop said, “Oh, how wise a prince, and how little you understand. He speaks in symbols. The flour is for your empty stomach; the soap is for your dirty hide; and the sugar is to sweeten your bitter tongue.

From that day forward the man became shy even of himself. His hatred of the prince was greater than ever, and even more he hated the bishop who had revealed the prince unto him. But thereafter he kept silent.

Retold from “The Wanderer” by Kahlil Gibran

52 thoughts on “The Three Gifts

  1. Merhaba Subhan Zein..
    nasılsın?
    sizin gerçek dostluk ve sözleriniz için teşekkür ederim
    benim değerli arkadaşım size mutlu ve güzel bir gün diliyorum.
    çok kucak dolusu sevgiler yolluyorum

      • Hello Subhan Zein, I’m fine, thank you very much.
        I wish you a nice weekend with peace and harmony!
        Have a beautiful Easter too, my friend.
        hugs from my heart~~Jussara :))

  2. Hmm mm I thought I’d left a comment on this post especially as I mentioned it to other readers on my blog. I’m a dedicated Gibran fan and anything he does is terrific. I sent you a pingback too… 🙂
    Cheers!

  3. Oh wow….a beautiful and unexpected ending to the story……people need to read this…
    blessings, Subhan….:)

  4. I guess you know how many people are like that, right?
    As I like to be a princess to make such gifts.
    Do not you have vacation these days?
    Kisses, Subhan

    • Hello,

      I would love to have vacation, but I just can’t do it at the moment. I still have to study and work. I guess I won’t be able to have vacation until I complete my study and earn enough money to afford one. I would love to have that day when I’m able to do it, so I could visit your country and have lots of fun. 🙂

      Have you got plans to have vacation yourself? Let me know if you’re visiting Australia! 🙂

      Subhan Zein

      • Hello friend. 🙂
        I promise that if ever I have money to visit Australia, will be the first to know.
        Here in Spain, some people have feast days 5-6-7-8 and 9 April. I have to work today but tomorrow I’m going to Toledo (Spain) with my sister and a friend.
        Can not catch you pack and come with us? : D
        It would be something that we would know together. 😉
        I hope your studies, get along. You must be someone very responsible to work and study at a time.
        If I can help ……..
        Holiday Kisses for you

    • Yes, please do let me know. I’d be very happy if you come around! And of course I will let you know as well when I visit Spain! 🙂

      And I hope you have fun lots of fund with your sister in Toledo. Enjoy the wonderful break, my lovely friend! 🙂

      Subhan Zein

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  6. =( that is a very sad story indeed, i was very much hoping the gifts would “sweeten” this bitter man, but I guess not..nonetheless a valuable story to know, Thank you Subhan for sharing =)

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