Sisters Of Mercy

Oh the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone.
They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can't go on.
And they brought me their comfort and later they brought me this song.
Oh I hope you run into them, you who've been travelling so long.

by Leonard Cohen

Comments (8)

They were waiting for me! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
Sister of Mercy is a good character but who is she isn't mentioned here.
To the family of the late Leonard Cohen, he died recently I reckon and I saw it on the TV Journal, was it last year Congratulations upon being chosen as Modern Poem Of The Day, wished he is still alive so he can read this himself. A brilliant brevity and with loveliest alliteration. God's Blessings in Abundance for the close family relatives.
In the poem there is neither identity of the Sisters Of Mercy nor footnote of it which will help the readers (especially who do not know the background of the poem) to understand it, i think it need be clear to the readers
FULL TEXT: Sisters Of Mercy Oh the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone. They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can't go on. And they brought me their comfort and later they brought me this song. Oh I hope you run into them, you who've been travelling so long. Yes you who must leave everything that you cannot control. It begins with your family, but soon it comes around to your soul. Well I've been where you're hanging, I think I can see how you're pinned: When you're not feeling holy, your loneliness says that you've sinned. Well they lay down beside me, I made my confession to them. They touched both my eyes and I touched the dew on their hem. If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn they will bind you with love that is graceful and green as a stem. When I left they were sleeping, I hope you run into them soon. Don't turn on the lights, you can read their address by the moon. And you won't make me jealous if I hear that they sweetened your night: We weren't lovers like that and besides it would still be all right, We weren't lovers like that and besides it would still be all right.
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