The Eye Of Fire And Fear Side 1

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PART I
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a. The Valley (i)
Far away – as far at least
Lies the valley as the day
Down within the golden East
One and all, too far away

It is called the valley Nis:
And a Syriac tale there is
Satan’s dart
Angel wings
Broken heart
Unhappy things

Far away – as far at least
Lies the valley as the day
All things lovely – are not they
One and all, too far away?

Thereabout which Time hath said
Shall not be interpreted:
But “the valley Nis” at best
Is “the valley of unrest”

b. The Hirsute Hair Shirt
The First instrumental interlude, featuring our Very Special Guest, Hither & Yon.

c. Everything Like Nothing Else
Around the stormy Hebrides –
No wind in Heaven, and clouds to fly

Rustling everlastingly
Thro’ the terror-stricken sky

And Helen, like thy human eye
Low on earth, some violets lie

Nearer Heaven, lilies wave
Banner-like, all above a grave

PART II
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a. Helen, Queen Of The Skies
‘Twas noontide of summer,
And mid-time of night;
And stars, in their orbits,
Shone pale, thro’ the light
Of the brighter, cold moon,
‘Mid planets her slaves
Herself in the Heavens,
Her beam on the waves

I gazed awhile
On her cold smile;
Too cold – too cold for me –
There pass’d, as a shroud,
A fleecy cloud,
And I turned away to thee,
Proud Evening Star,
In thy glory afar,
And dearer thy beam shall be;
For joy to my heart
Is the proud part
Thou bearest in Heaven at night

b. How Far
For what to them availeth it to know
That Truth is Falsehood – or that Bliss is Woe?
Sweet was their death – with them to die was rife
With the last ecstasy of their satiate life
How far from Hell!

But two: they fell: Heaven no grace imparts
To those who hear not for their beating hearts

Sweet was that error – sweeter still in death –
Sweet was that error – ev’n with us the breath
How far from Hell!

c. Helen’s Lament
She ceas’d – and buried then her burning cheek
Abash’d, amid the lilies there, to seek

A sound of silence on the startled ear
Which dreamy poets name “the music of the sphere”

d. The Distant Fire (i)
The Second instrumental Interlude.

e. Awaken The Dreamer (i)
Arise! From your dreaming

f. The Distant Fire (ii)
The Second instrumental interlude continues.

g. Awaken The Dreamer (ii)
A half-remembered dream in musical form.

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from The Eye Of Fire And Fear, released April 8, 2014

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