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Chorus:
O, gather 'round the brokenness
Bring it to me now
The fragrance of those promises
You never dared to vow

The splinters that you carried
The cross you left behind
Come healing of the body
Come healing of the mind

And let the heavens hear it
The penitential hymn
Come healing of the spirit
Come healing of the limb

Leonard:
Behold the gates of mercy
In arbitrary space
And none of us deserving
Of cruelty or the grace

Together:
O, solitude of longing
Where love has been confined
Come healing of the body
Come healing of the mind

O, see the darkness yielding
That tore the light apart
Come healing of the reason
Come healing of the heart

O, troubledness concealing
An undivided love
The heart beneath is teaching
To the broken heart above

And let the heavens utter
Let the earth proclaim
Come healing of the altar
Come healing of the name

Chorus:
O, longing of the branches
To lift the little bird
O, longing of the arteries
To purify the blood

Together:
And let the heavens hear it
The penitential hymn
Come healing of the spirit
Come healing of the limb

O let the heavens hear it
The penitential hymn
Come healing of the spirit
Come healing of the limb



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    UnregisteredFeb 5, 2012 at 6:25 pm
    I agree that it's a prayer but then so many of lc's songs are.
    It seems to me to be from the point-of-view of someone who is older and is looking back at thieir life and considering their mistakes and lost opportunities. Someone who is trying to grapple with the horror of, having known the great potential of life, has come to the realization that it can never be fulfilled, and that sooner or later our greatest loves and achievements will be dust.
    There's only one thing that helps when one really accepts that, an appeal to the devine. I'm glad to see that leonard is making that appeal and i hope he gets his answer

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