Souls That Need Gentling

This beautiful song " The Window " is for all our souls that need "gentling" with the love of Christ.

  © 2001 Valery Milovic (Acrylic and Collage on Canvas, 16 x 20 inches)


Why do you stand by the window
Abandoned to beauty and pride
The thorn of the night in your bosom
The spear of the age in your side
Lost in the rages of fragrance
Lost in the rags of remorse
Lost in the waves of a sickness
That loosens the high silver nerves
Oh chosen love, Oh frozen love
Oh tangle of matter and ghost
Oh darling of angels, demons and saints
And the whole broken-hearted host
Gentle this soul

And come forth from the cloud of unknowing
And kiss the cheek of the moon
The New Jerusalem glowing
Why tarry all night in the ruin
And leave no word of discomfort
And leave no observer to mourn
But climb on your tears and be silent
Like a rose on its ladder of thorns

Oh chosen love, Oh frozen love...

Then lay your rose on the fire
The fire give up to the sun
The sun give over to splendour
In the arms of the high holy one
For the holy one dreams of a letter
Dreams of a letter's death
Oh bless thee continuous stutter
Of the word being made into flesh

Oh chosen love, Oh frozen love...

Gentle this soul

Cohen often talked in interviews about the intention and meaning of some of his songs, and he would also offer some introduction to songs during his concerts. However, he hardly ever said anything about “The Window”. In a comment about this song made during a show on the German television channel ZDF (October 31, 1979)  he said: “It‟s a kind of prayer to bring the two parts of the soul together”, demonstrating this by putting the palms of his hands flat against each other.

If you like analysing the meaning of Leonard Cohen songs this link might be of interest

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