monk song

from by Thy Courage Quail

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monasteries are cold places


I know you now --
I can't say how
there is no sign --
that we shall know you by
there is no form --
no shelter in your arms

and though I know you for the charlatan you are
I will remain the fool I've always been
and faithfully repeat the rituals that you require
in the sacrificial vestments of our skin

the moon is all a glowing for her breakfast
and the ceremony is ready to begin
we will feed it on our gluttony and madness
and take solace in a mythic warmth within

our robes are torn and tattered from their service
our chalices grow ever weak and thin
the scriptorium is full of brittle dust now
the only memory remaining is our sin --
the only entry uneroded is our sin --
the only century unforgotten is our sin ...


from goblin's gate, track released February 8, 2010




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