The Dark Night of the Soul lyrics
The Dark Night of the Soul
- Upon a darkened night:
Loreena McKennitt's note on the song:
"May, 1993, Stratford: have been reading through the poetry of 15th century Spain, and I find myself drawn to one by the mystic writer and visionary St. John of the Cross(); the untitled work is an exquisite, richly metaphoric love poem between himself and his god. It could pass as a love poem between any two at any time…His approach seems more akin to early Islamic or Judaic works in its more direct route of communication to his god…I have gone over three different translations of the poem, and am struck by how much a translation can alter our interpretation. Am reminded that most holy scriptures come to us in translation, resulting in a diversity of views."*
(*) The poem Loreena McKennitt is referring to is known as "(La) Noche Oscura (del Alma)" by San Juan de la Cruz.
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