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Hallelujah

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Hallelujah

This is king David's hallelujah
words for Leonard Cohen's beautiful melody hallelujah


Have you ever heard the song
That rang above the battle’s throng
Or has no minstrel ever played it to you
The notes are pure, the words are clear
The writer wrote for God to hear
The king of praise who praised in hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Your faith was strong, and your heart was bold
But both upon one night you sold
For the beauty and the lust that overthrew you
You shut your eyes, you held your hands
And blood was spilled by your demands
And silent was your song, the hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah


Then one day you heard a tale
Upon the head it hit the nail
Yet still your eyes were shut and all dark to you
You judged the crime of the unknown
But then you found it was your own
And you cried to God a broken hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

You stood condemned, your hands were red
From the innocent blood that you had shed
You stood before the throne of Him who knew you
Your sin was judged, you could not run
For you had sinned against but one
The one to whom you sang the hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

So you knelt upon your knees
And you prayed the prayer of centuries
My Lord forgive this crime I’ve done before You
For I have sinned against You alone
Against Your name, against Your throne
You sang the broken, broken hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Your judgement came, with death begun
Your crown was taken by your son
And trails and bitter battles set before you
Yet still you sang to God above
Who still you served and sought to love
To Him you sang the holy hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

He stood beside you through it all
He brought you back after your fall
And gave, once more, your crown and kingdom to you
He placed the sceptre in your hand
You saw your people, saw your land
And you sang to God in heaven hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah
        Hallelujah


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  1. Date: 2/12/2013 4:52:00 PM

    Rauwolfia congratulations on this truly wonderful poem winning first place in the contest! It was very moving and deserving of your win.

  1. Date: 2/12/2013 11:06:00 AM

    Belated congratulations on your win Rauwolfia xx

  1. Date: 2/11/2013 3:33:00 PM

    I think this one is my fav! Congratulations on your big win in Frank's contest. Hugs, catie :)

  1. Date: 2/11/2013 12:11:00 PM

    This is an awe inspiring write. Congratulations on your 1st place win, Rauwolfia.

  1. Date: 2/11/2013 9:52:00 AM

    Congrad's Light & Love

  1. Date: 2/11/2013 9:29:00 AM

    R V R.. Congrats!!! :-) on your winning poem. *Always~PD

  1. Date: 2/11/2013 9:05:00 AM

    Wow........amazing poem, that tells this story as if it were meant to be set to music. Congratulations on your win!

  1. Date: 2/11/2013 8:27:00 AM

    Goosebumps as I sang this to the tune of the song. Love your words in this...Well done. Congrats on your win!!

  1. Date: 2/2/2013 12:44:00 PM

    Excellent poem!!!!

  1. Date: 1/22/2013 3:20:00 PM

    A wonderful poem, which tells perhaps some of the lesser known parts of the life of King David. Well Done!