GARMENTS

Upon a day Beauty and Ugliness met on the shore of a sea. And they
said to one another, "Let us bathe in the sea."

Then they disrobed and swam in the waters. And after a while Ugliness
came back to shore and garmented himself with the garments of Beauty
and walked away.

And Beauty too came out of the sea, and found not her raiment, and she
was too shy to be naked, therefore she dressed herself with the
raiment of Ugliness. And Beauty walked her way.

And to this very day men and women mistake the one for the other.

Yet some there are who have beheld the face of Beauty, and they know
her notwithstanding her garments. And some there be who know the face
of Ugliness, and the cloth conceals him not from their eyes.

Khalil Gibran