‘You have loved enough, now let me be the lover.’ You could say that God is speaking to you – or the cosmos, or your lover. It just means, like, forget it. Lean back and be loved by all that is already loving you. It is your effort at love that is preventing you from experiencing it.
From “Leonard Cohen’s Thoughts On You Have Loved Enough,” a Ten New Songs promotional video at LeonardCohen.com (no longer online). The poem on which this song was based follows:
I came to You with sorrow.
You said,”Come to me with bread.”
I could not make a living
You employed me with the dead.
I chose the marble chambers.
But You sent me down below.
You kept me from believing
Until You let me know:
That I am not the one who loves
It’s Love that seizes me!
When hatred with his package comes,
You forbid delivery.
And when the hunger for Your touch
rises from the hunger,
You whisper, “Child ,you’ve loved enough,
now let Me be the Lover”.
Credit Due Department: Thanks to Gordana Stupar, who identified the source of this quotation.