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from EP 2022 by Lyceum

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The North awoke with blades in hand with the news that came that spring
One thousand ships of the southern foe had been emptied from the sea
The gods had granted respite from the legions of the Ark
The devil's pass unguarded, and a strong wind from the east

A promise beyond
A promise of a better life, and riches beyond dreams awaited them beyond the sea

The hammers never rested and the forges fired to life
The sound of ringing steel filled the towns from dawn to night
A young man felt his heart swell as his hands began to shake
Though he feared his death and loved his home, he sailed at first light

The currents deny winters hold
My elders beckon me to war
I know not why she weeps at night
But to me her eyes grow cold

I fear she bears a son that is not mine
As she urges me to go
Never to return, I leave my home

And to my right is the man that I see her smile to from afar
Better armed and armored
He stammers, and I see the fear behind
He wants what is mine

They beseeched the spirits of the blackened sea, and demons beneath the waves

Long days later we see land upon the horizon
The stars have led us to our quarry
He jumps into the surf with axe in hand, and I soon behind
A lone christian warrior stands on the beach before a road

This warrior crushes the first of us, and the man I follow swings his blade
The Christian lashes out violently, leaving bloody ruin
I smile as I see my woman's lover fall, and I strike heavily
He crumples beneath my blade

And I realize that I will never love the child
And he will never know
Still I smile, as I urgently charge the road
Seeking to forget…. forlorn hope of this child.


from EP 2022, released December 11, 2022


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Lyceum was founded in early 2010 by the former members of three Bay Area metal bands.
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. ... more

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