villanelle for our time lyrics – leonard cohen

“villanelle for our time”

from bitter searching of the heart,
quickened with p*ssion 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 m*ss 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.

/ leonard cohen lyrics