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The Wizard's Crown - a cycle of lyrics

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The Wizard's Crown Pt. 1

Doom to Fall

Waiting for the doom to fall
I feel it’s near
Waiting for the doom to fall
I feel the fear
Waiting for the doom to fall
The Astral Master’s calling
Waiting for the doom to fall
Waiting for the doom to fall
Waiting for the doom to fall
It’s already here

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Doom Upon Us

Day breaks, crashes, falls to rain-soaked ground
Mist creeps, ether-like, all around
Spectral harbinger by standing stones
Chill of death seeping through my bones

Caught in the strands of a man-made web
It is to this point we have been led
We conjured, knowing not our fate
Realising far too late

Played with forces of arcane might
Day transformed into blackest night
Lightening strikes led us on this way
We met our match this darkest day

The spectre reaches out to me
It offers death to set me free
My silent scream, for none to hear
Death, doom, despair enhances fear

Death is among us
There’s no escape
Our time has come
It’s far too late

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The Wizard’s Crown

The tower stands, a spire of broken stone
From distance, takes the shape of shattered bone
It stands aloft but hidden from men’s eyes
By force of wizard’s will and faith alone

It’s crenelated peak now worn with age
Defences lost but needs them not, this Mage
Just home for crow, around the ruin flies
As wizard turns another arcane page

At last, the tome, its knowledge starts to yield
Elixir, meaning, reason, long years sealed
At odds with life, the world of men is lies
The wizard, ‘gainst dark forces, world be healed

But as the page, its secrets into focus play
It quickly blurs and starts to fade away
The wizard to his fate, he merely sighs
The prize will have to wait another day

Sun failing, rays strike at the aged tower
Man sees but light reflect, last sunbeams shower
Unknowing at the sky he cries
The world may fall but man knows not the hour

Dark falls, its blanket, ragged hanging down
The crows at roost, their caws have all but drowned
Quiet descends atop the broken tower
Black night hugs tight the wizard’s crown

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Doom Crow

Doom crow stands atop the weathered tower
Gloom crow sees beyond the mortal’s hour
Calls-caw-calls, his message pulled away on Winter’s wind
Once news called out, he never can rescind

Avert your eyes, see not your fate
Cover your eyes, before too late
Protect your eyes, stand not and wait
Twas yesterday the doom crow ate

The battlefield of man is never far away
The reason fought for, who can ever say?
Reprieve from death for man, ever belated
But doom crow lands, never seeming to be sated

Avert your eyes, see not your fate
Cover your eyes, before too late
Protect your eyes, stand not and wait
Twas yesterday the doom crow ate

Moon glow shimmers ‘round the funeral pyre
Sound rises, smoke-like from a plaintiff lyre
The eyeless offered, consumed by fire, to unknown fate
Doom crow caws, flies full-winged, he has just ate

Avert your eyes, see not your fate
Cover your eyes, before too late
Protect your eyes, stand not and wait
Twas yesterday the doom crow ate

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No-one Ever Knows

The seal is set about the forest dark
Once placed, it falters not and hides ‘High Home’
It’s power emanates from wizard’s work
And no-one ever knows…

Sigil crafted, skill is ever honed
He works on through the day and night
Ward is set so he is ever left alone
And no-one ever knows…

Deer and fox explore the forest floor
As high above the wizard weaves his spells
Their paths lead unaware, on to the Tor
And no-one ever knows…

Looking out from window high
Across the world he doth espy
The plight of man, beseeching cries
He turns away, back to his work, once more renewed, empowered by the scene about, to try
How time flies
And no-one ever knows…

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Blight

Blight creeps across the realm
Man forsaken, hell is at the helm
All decays, falls away
Prayers crumble on parched lips, there is nothing left to say
Only one, toiling atop a hidden tower
All hope unknown for him to arrest decay and let a new life Flower.
He works alone, the burden his to bear
Ragged clothed and unkempt whitened hair
Time runs on, falling grains of sand
Hope is failing, falling through his hand
The blight encroaches, ever nearing day and night
He ponders lore, casts spells but nothing seems to stem his fright
That he might fail.

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Sleepwalk

Sleepwalking into the night
Doing nothing to stop the blight
It spreads, inside our heads and we can’t get it out
Everyone marches, I scream a silent shout.

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Plea

The years had passed like clouds in a turbulent sky
Dark crows punctuated the air with calling cry
Life falls away like leaves from autumn tree
I missed the chance of all that I could be
What questions left to ask before I die?

I set in order strands that wove my fate
Time passes, yet it is, still not too late
Follow what was, to understand what is
Like bones, fate’s strands may grant me this
And maybe, chance to divinate.

Oh dark cloud stop, desist your flee
Dark crow be silent, hear my plea
Drag time to slow and maybe even halt
Give time, so I may search the ancient vault
That I may yet still be what I may be.

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Moss Bound

Entrance entrances with its chequered floor
And though the wizard passed this threshold times before
He looks with eyes anew and finds a clue behind the door
The chequer veils a portal to the evermore.

With sigil, chant and focussed mind beneath a moon
He manges an ingress down, into a tomb
Enveloped in a darkened, finds a moss-bound womb
He hopes to find an answer, long forgotten, ‘gainst the blight, a buried boon.

Slicked fern and moss provide a verdant throne
For alter housing hewn from purest stone
Within resides a precious tome
It rested here for aeons, left alone.

Once this way, an adept must have passed
And brought with him or her the tome, from ancient past
The mossy womb has held the opus fast
Until this day when knowledge is now freed at last.

Heart quickens in this wizards frail frame
What treasures written in, he cannot name
But in the sanctity of tower, ancient knowledge he has hope to tame
He hopes to beat the blighting evil at its game.

An entrance gained
Man’s fate unchained
The moon now waned
But could it be that hope was merely feigned…

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Across the pages

Across the pages letters form and fade while images resolve, then disappear
Their meanings all at once coherent and with knowledge, comes a terror, sheer
The wizard sees his fate and cannot stop a single tear
It falls onto the page, releases nemesis and with it, man’s worst fear.

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Across the Heavens

Coal dark clouds gather, blackening the sky above earth’s domain
Thunder rumbles, rises, crashes earthward with a deafening refrain
With the cacophony comes a ice cold beating rain
Earth’s creatures hide in fear ‘ccept for the clear insane.

Across the heavens shoots an arrow in a perfect ark
Black wizard tears across the sky to make his mark
Up shoots the wizard from his tower, against dark clouds, white light is stark
Hope of hopes against a deepest dark.

They battle, one to damn the other save
Onlookers gasp at whitest light so brave
But darkest dark, dominion doth he crave
Can innocence win out against usurper knave?

Twist, falling. Locked as if two falcons clashing
Wands as lances fire, fell light flashing
They tumble ever landward, to a hilltop crashing
And all around the ice cold rain is lashing.

Across the heavens there before, has never been
A battle such as this, that earthly man has seen
Scorched black, the earth, where wizards fell, on hilltop green
If both lay dead, for land, what can this mean?

Lo! Stirs the wizard white, arrayed in brilliant hue
His nemesis is gone, black cinders left, he has won through
His purpose held, heart valiant, pure and true
And now the land can heal and life burst forth anew.

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Grey

A morning drips into existence
Blanketing all with grey
World’s beauty offers its resistance
But all its efforts fade away
It hangs on life, like ragged mantle
Clothing dreams with shadow’s taint
Life dragged down to a fundamental
And reason drawn into a feint
Trudging on
When all has gone
Nothing to sign the way
Nothing left to say
Nothing but a morning, grey.

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Green Glade

At forest edge, in the green glade
Surround of trees, where flowers grow in Summer’s dappled shade
Idyllic, unspoilt verdant bower
Sun warms and heartens all who view upon this place, in this hour.

But from the East, high in sky
Nearing the haven of resplendent panoply.
Lands Cleiophane, dragon green
Nestles, makes her place amid this Arcadian scene.

It is days past, times changed
And from the glade Cleiophane has not ranged.
Those who would frequent, now, for life’s sake shun
Enter not, nor tarry near for fear their life would be undone.

Sleeps Cleiophane, still, in oblivion?
None are fools to think this ‘she’ is nothing but draconian
They visit not green glade
It is forever now, in man’s eyes unmade.

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Dragonscales

In reflective hue of smooth green, her hide is sealed
This diamond hard, repeated pattern will not yield
She stands alone, pre-eminent in her field
None shall pierce this dragonscale shield.

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Gather

The clouds gather in union
Coalesce, billow communion
They block out the rays of the sun
Over the earth in grey, there is dark dominion.

We cower, waiting for light relief
For in shadow, there is suffering and grief
To dispel doom, we can but pray
Whether or not the light returns, we cannot say.

Will this day ever pass?
It seems to blight the mind, forever last
We gather, as if collectively we will be saved
But in waiting, the dark has to be braved.

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Lithic

Standing stones
Skeletal remains, the earth’s bones
A ring around a space
Enclosing time and place
A monument to the unknown
With time, its mystery has grown
Carved runes pointing at power unspoken
Recite, potential awoken
Sacred scene
Evoking hope, solid grey stands in green

Monolithic.

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The Wizard's Crown Pt. 2

Tower of Lies

You’ve built your tower of lies
Now reap what you have sown
You hear the plaintiff cries
On cold winds they are blown
But your foundations start to crumble
And soon your tower will fall
As stones shift, you start to stumble
But above, bereft of love, no-one hears your call.

How time flies
How man tries
How man fails
All that’s left, a crumbled tower of lies.

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Demons Rise

The day drifts away
The sun is gone and the moon comes out to play
The dark takes hold
Something starts to unfold
I try to change but no matter how many tries
The demons rise.

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Agaric

White flecked, scarlet scream from forest floor
Emerging forth, for all to adore
Shouting “all, beware! Oblivion here”
At once entranced yet forced to fear
Cap in hand, careful to entreat
Too little, naught. Too much, defeat
Fairest beauty on drab forest floor
Can I but knock on infinity’s door?
Will I be transported through the nexion
Or am I but nature’s Endymion?

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Winter in the Wood

Deep winter in the wood
Holly crown with berry blood
Ivy dark, creeping vine
Deep green against white snow, winter sign Tree skeleton, clawing sky
Abandoned leaves, left to die
Footprints in virgin white
Shunning day, embracing night
Milk berry hangs with twists of leaves
Kiss underneath as each believes
Pass from mine to your
Enhance, all that I adore
The wind bites deep
We leave the wood to sleep.

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Silent-winged things

Silent-winged things
Make the skies their own at night
Ragged black shapes of wings
Block out the moon’s glow, in flight

Shadows in my mind
There is no solace for me to find
In the darkness I am near-blind
Silent-winged things, I know their kind.

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Approach

The ice encroaches
Our doom approaches
The cold bites deep
I slow, as if to sleep

I move on
Try or all is lost and gone
My tears freeze as I cry
My scream falls upon the wind to die

Death’s sleep calls
The black veil falls
Doom arrives
It reaches to take our lives

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Atop the Tower

From atop the tower
At some unearthly hour
The wizard looks down
His mind barely sane
Through the haze of rain
Surveys his domain
From the wizard’s crown.

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Acolyte By Moonlight

The Moon’s shine, rimes this dead quiet land
Time still, dead night, cold creeps like shadow of a hand
Alone, the acolyte in this forsaken place
Advances, shivering, aware that at his heels, ruin runs apace.

First, out across the fields in aimless search, but no way finding
Lost in the forest dark, no direct route, path winding
Seeking signs by moonlight, he must find the way
And come to Raven Tower, where ere it be, before the break of day.

The moon is cast behind the scudding, night dark cloud
Its beams withheld, diffused and giving shadow to dark thoughts aloud
He stumbles wearily, as if through blackened dreams
Where nothing now appears as though it seems.

But glinting in emergent shaft of light
A slender shimmering of towered shard, into the night
The moon illuminates that which by other men, has not been seen
And acolyte’s raw senses start to keen.

Ruin runs still on coattails of the cursed and the damned
The acolyte has moments to recite the words and enter and not show his hand
The moon recedes and nothing more is there to see
Escaped with hope, from failing earth to another finity.

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Ruins

Left to the ravages of time
To decay and crumble
To fade away
Into ruin.

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Ravens Roost

The ravens roost atop the tower, over a dying world
Silent, now devoid of voice and with their dark wings furled
The night creeps in and eats away the day
The black birds sated, have no further mind to play
Calm descends, darkness falls
Long wait for first light and the raven calls.

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Blackened Wings (1)

Coal dark
Aloft on hope alone
The wings of this bird

This angel with blackened wings

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Incense

Slowly rising, smoke, entwining snakes
Oblivious of the senses it awakes
From earthly domain, a heavenly path to awaken
Thoughts rise, all else forsaken
Breathe in sweet breath
Forever life, no attar of death
Fear not, first dream, inchoate
Incense illuminate.

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As Mist Descends

Sat in silence by the broken bough as mist descends
Its cold embrace erases thoughts but to what ends?
The scene before me disappears, in grey it blends
And down the valley, serpentine, the indistinct, a way it wends.

In grey veil nothing is as it seems
Visions emerge from deep inside of dreams
I try to make more sense but lack the means
The grey, it billows, swirls about its schemes.

Cold infuses deep in bone and marrow
Expanse once was but field of view now narrow
Thoughts left at rest in this tomb-like barrow
Meaning drains away to leave a mind but fallow.

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Bane

In the greensward The sun beats down
But to its periphery, where trees grow
And longer leaves take filtered light
The bane grows
Away from eyes
Where no-one knows
‘Cept the wind sighs
But soon the flower shows
And passer by cries
And with delight, slows
Picks, not identifies
And then dies.

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Light and Dark

In the woodland
Light and dark merge to form the present
Under a blooded moon
The hours pass by
I wonder why.

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The Acolyte

Clothed in robe of darkest brown
Hood obscures with head bowed down
From his staff, with gem held tight, it seems
That moon-enhanced, bright white light gleams.

With ancient, weathered tome in hand
He walks, enthralled across the land
The words speak from the hidden page
To proselytize this would-be Mage.

Travelled far but far to go
Knowing much but much to know
Driven by the driving rain
Losing all for all to gain.

Step by step by step by step.

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Shadows Fall

The sun hangs low, its rays clip forest trees
Their shadows fall, the last of day to seize
Before letting go.

Black lines across my eyes are cast
The sun decays, it cannot night outlast
I see it fade.

Last glint of sun, and now light must depart
Joy fails and streaked across my heart
A shadow falls.

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Fade

Fade into the grey of day
A gaunt light pervades my every move
But every now and often then
A shimmering
Come into play.

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Silent Winged Flight

Silent winged flight
Throughout the deep of darkest night
Wan sphere, sickly pale moon light
Taking in all, the earth’s plight

Ragged wings rake
Leaving leprous wake
Viewing all the lives you take
All we can do is hope for escape.

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Russell McDonald-Bell (RP)
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