Thursday, April 06, 2006
Requiem Aeternam Deo: The Madman's Song
Empty chapel or silent tomb
Great monument of heroic past?
Now enveloped in a morbid gloom
Now crowded but ruined alas
Is the altar for worship of an immortal name?
Or an eulogy of former glory
We each threw in our tiny flame
To feed the pyre for the dead Body.
The madman jumped like a madman would
Swinging his lantern as he moved
Indifferent to the sombre mood
He danced 'round the firewood
Amidst the cracking of the funeral fire
The madman's song pierced our hearts
As the fire of death burned brighter
His tune grew cold and dark:
I seek God! I seek God! I seek God!
Where is Him once dwelt hither?
We'll search, but we'll find not;
For we've killed him, you and I, murderers of murderers
Did we drink up all the ocean?And unchained the earth from its sun?
Whither now our directions?
With all life's meaning undone
The smell of the rotten holiness
The wetness of our bloody knives
They stoowith the fire as Witnesses
We killed God and he died
He sang again the last verse, more determined
Only with a worse fanatic frenzy
Before he finished the song he was singing,
He jumped into the pyre, to die with his enemy
They say we've inherited a loftier time
For our fathers had killed the holy One
Now finally freedom from the Divine
Now finally life's meaning undone
Posted by Steven Sim at 4/06/2006 10:55:00 PM