I was so intensely involved with Book Of Mercy that I did not do anything else during its writing. Originally, I did not think of publication. The psalms came this way. It was above all for me a way of praying.
From Dans les loges avec Leonard Cohen à Strasbourg en 1985 (Le Républicain Lorrain: 18/11/2016). Originally published in Républicain on Feb 17, 1985). By Jean-Paul Germonville. Via Google Translate.