Monday, April 11, 2011

leonard cohen: 42 (from book of mercy)


It is to you I turn, the table stands on tiptoe. Every object leaps to its place. The closed book rises on its thousand pages and my wakefulness rejoices. I turn to you, my song in the house of night, my shield against the quarrels. I turn to you, who unifies the upward heart. Your name is the foundation of the night. The Accuser, with his thousand voices, stands in the place you are not named. Blessed is the name that holds this house in the firmness of mercy, and binds this song to the rock.

Cohen, Leonard. "42" Book of Mercy. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Inc, 1984.