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LEONARD COHEN


Villanelle For Our Time Lyrics

From bitter searching of the heart,
Quickened with passion and with pain
We rise to play a greater part.
This is the faith from which we start:
Men shall know commonwealth again
From bitter searching of the heart.
We loved the easy and the smart,
But now, with keener hand and brain,
We rise to play a greater part.
The lesser loyalties depart,
And neither race nor creed remain
From bitter searching of the heart.
Not steering by the venal chart
That tricked the mass for private gain,
We rise to play a greater part.
Reshaping narrow law and art
Whose symbols are the millions slain,
From bitter searching of the heart
We rise to play a greater part.

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Songwriter(s): Frank Scott, Leonard Cohen
Copyright: Estate Of F.SCOTT, Old Ideas LLC
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Meaning to "Villanelle For Our Time" (1 meaning)
Bill Metcalfe 10/04/09,22:01
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Cohen did not write the lyrics to this song. They are by F.R. Scott, who was a Canadian poet and one of Cohen's professors in university.
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