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The lines below is from one of the lyrics sung by Leonard Cohen, If It be Your Will.


I will speak no more/ I shall abide until I am spoken for/ if it be your will.


I want to know the meaning of the underlined part, ‘until I am spoken for.’


In the dictionary I looked up there was the one possible meaning with an example as this:


I can't go out with you; I'm already spoken for.


This example sentence looks the same in appearance but not in meaning.

The latter example means that ‘I’ was already asked to go out with from someone else so he/she is not available.

But the line in question conveys pretty different nuance.


Let me interpret the lines in question, line by line in my own way.


I will not speak

I shall endure/wait

until you let me speak


Am I right?

If not, can you present me with the proper meaning?

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Stenka25This example sentence looks the same in appearance but not in meaning.

It looks to me as though Cohen needed a rhyme for "more" and ignored the meaning, trusting his formidable talent (that failed him this time). It doesn't make sense to me, either. The only meaning I know of for "spoken for" is the one you found. I think he thought he could make "spoken for" mean "called for", "summoned", but he was wrong.