Leonard Cohen


Sisters Of Mercy

Poem by Leonard Cohen

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.


Comments about Sisters Of Mercy by Leonard Cohen

  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (4/24/2020 3:55:00 AM)

    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. Great praise for the sisters of mercy. only mercy and love remains.. in this world. the world is thirsty for it.. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (4/3/2020 1:23:00 PM)

    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. hope that you run into them. what a fine expression. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (2/6/2020 7:36:00 AM)

    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. lovely poem. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (11/6/2019 8:23:00 PM)

    This is just the first four lines of Leonard Cohen's song. Only a hint of its quality.(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (9/21/2019 10:48:00 PM)

    the sisters of mercy

    mysterious point!(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (9/21/2019 5:49:00 AM)

    So touchingly inscribed, beautiful poem. It is justified for being chosen this poem as the modern poem of the poem of the day.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (9/21/2019 3:23:00 AM)

    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. a poem of mercy in this world a call to follow. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Dominic WindramDominic Windram (9/21/2019 2:53:00 AM)

    I've been listening to this rather spiritual, poignant poem in song form by Leonard Cohen for many years. I think it is based on real encounter with two women Cohen met while travelling. It is such a shame that the full text is not included here. Indeed only the first four lines are included. I particular like the line, missing here, which include a wonderfully realised metaphor, ' if your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condem'.(Report)Reply

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  • Luis Estable (9/21/2019 1:03:00 AM)

    This is directed at someone. Who? We don`t know. But one that we suppose is not doing well or has not ben doing well. The speaker wishes for that person the same help that he got from these sisters. Who are they? We can only guess. Maybe angels or goddesses or some other celestial being.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (2/18/2019 2:06:00 AM)

    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. writing a poem about the sisters of mercy. i love it. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (9/21/2018 12:35:00 PM)

    They were waiting for me!

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (9/21/2018 3:47:00 AM)

    Sister of Mercy is a good character but who is she isn't mentioned here.(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (9/21/2018 2:27:00 AM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • Muzahidul RezaMuzahidul Reza (9/21/2018 1:29:00 AM)

    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(Report)Reply

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  • Fabrizio FrosiniFabrizio Frosini (11/28/2015 12:30:00 PM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • Lee Crowell (6/9/2009 2:07:00 PM)

    what is this?
    the best lines of this poem aren't here
    I hope Mr Cohen doesn't stumble on this site, he will surely be disappointed(Report)Reply

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  • Michael Speakman (9/12/2007 9:57:00 AM)

    I love this poem /song.It reminds me of snug winter nights spent reading and canoodling.MJ. Speakman(Report)Reply

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  • Gabrielle A. Macdonald (12/19/2006 9:06:00 PM)

    The other stanzas of this poem/song sre missing.

    ? ? ?(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Saturday, March 12, 2016