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Dark Night of the Soul

Dark Night of the Soul – Music and Lyric by Steve Bell
adapted from the poem The Dark Night by St. John of the Cross
From the albums Romantics & Mystics, Solace for Seasons of Suffering, Symphony Sessions

Into the darkest night
With a heartache kindled into love
I took a chance
When at last I went out unobserved
My house being wrapped in sleep

The hour made secure
And concealed the flight to my beloved
I took a chance
And left familiar treasures well behind
Too far for comforting

I went out by myself
Seen by no one else
A somewhat reckless journey from the start
Pressing through the night
Without light or guide
Save the fire that consumed my heart

I bless the starless night
A night by far more lovely than the dawn
Oh happy chance
To discover in the barren dark
The one I knew so well

And there with my love I rested
Fanned by a cooling wind
Wounded by love’s caresses
Suspending all my senses
Bless this happy night
That unites the lover and the loved
Oh happy chance
To abandon every wretched care
Among the lilies there


  1. marilynn

    bless you for writing this song: it so blesses me just now. every morning i wake with a new line from it that God is making real to my heart, my journey…
    it is God’s word to me just now and is getting me through a dark time in my life… so thank you so very much!


  2. CJ Chartrand

    So anyway, I wake up with this tune of yours in my head, and not after years I can play it jsut like I always knew how. I jsut love Steve Bell’s music has always moved me very deeply and has been a huge influence in my faith as well as my own music ministry.

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