Empire

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Silent came into the world with a steady hand
Cursed by brothers, and by blood disavowed
He ran beneath the desert sun past stalls and stands
From roof to wall he leapt - fleet shadow upon the sands
The Governor’s pearl dagger clutched in his hand
Out of sight from the King’s Guard searching, running for his life

Yet they caught him in the market
Brought before the judge
Fatherless, motherless, jailed, under providence
Unheard of

Three years sentenced, he was near its end
When fortune offered his life back to him
Forced into the fighter’s pit countering blood for blood
He trained with diligence, and found new strength within

Patronage of the officers granted him position to serve
And he was freed by the violence of his sword
His locks were shorn
Brought to his knees, carved into a killer
Reborn, a scout and soldier of the King

Far beyond the vanguard rode, the owl and the hawk
Who bears the word and tides of war
Now the commander of most fearsome men, and loved by them
Returning knighted, guardian of the ark
High general, bearer of first flame in the dark

He mustered the legions of the east to the courts of the capital
- Breathe deep the dawn of war -
And as he rose between the colonnades before the gathering arms
Silence fell

“My soldiers,
The light of the Emperor shines bright upon us all
But he will need us now.
It is a time of darkness
Amidst a sea of foes we stand alone, they break upon our shore
Make haste across frozen seas, shadowed wastes, and doom.
To the shore
And to the greatest deeds our lives will ever know.”

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from Vengeance, released May 9, 2017

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Lyceum California

Lyceum was founded in early 2010 by the former members of three Bay Area metal bands. The songs written since the 2010 demo have followed a single narrative written by the band.
The name Lyceum refers to the academy of Aristotle, the teacher of Alexander the Great, dedicated to Apollo Lyceus, pivotal in the history of western aesthetics, education, and philosophy.
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