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The Dark Night of the Soul

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Published on May 26, 2008

Lyrics are a poem by the Spanish mystic Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591)

"Dark Night of the Soul," like much of John's poetry, is based on "Song of Songs" from the Biblical Old Testament, and also on much of the romantic poetry and lyrics of Spanish popular balladry of that time, i.e., 16th century. The "secret stair" has less to do with a staircase in a monastery, and more to do with the popular theme of lovers meeting for a late night romantic tryst. In order for this to be possible, the young maiden of the song or poem would have to sneak out of the house, by the "secret stair." John uses this as a metaphor for the soul in prayer who, by means of contemplation, steals away from the world unnoticed, to meet in loving relationship with God. The dark night refers to the soul's search for God, beyond the confines of the human definitions we have put upon God."

lyrics and more on this here

http://www.xs4all.nl/~josvg/cits/lm/l...


*All Music by Loreena McKennitt*

Fan video by me, various arts from wikimedia commons.

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