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from EP 2022 by Lyceum

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Even in the dead of night when the wolves scratch at the sill
I fear only the pain of failure
When their faith in me has faded
And the energies of my life have long since passed
In a struggle I did not have the will to win

Terrified by nothing more than twilight
Deep shadows in the night
And not by shattered shields nor searing pain nor torture on a rack of coals
But save me lord from all that isn't real

He saw the ships approaching at the new dawn
He saw their grinding sterns rake up the shore
And seizing his crucifix, he made peace with God in Heaven
Drawing rasping steel with a muttered oath, he met them with his battle weary sword

No time to warn those he loved as the first men disembarked, wielding axe and torch the Norsemen sought the road
Where he stood, with dire face, his back to the sleeping town
He risked his life to hold the attack, and prayed the noise would wake them

Striking fast the first man fell, torch guttered in the sand
While overhead the warrior heard the rushing winds of death
He crouched and lashed out savagely, felt the parting leather snap as pulling his arm aside the sword bit deeply into cloth and into flesh

A reckless courage bore his voice to a staggering echo then
“Go Godless to your end!”

As an avatar of fury, he strode atop the dead
Encircled now he saw a land fairer
And as the last blade fell towards him he smiled for its edge
And knew that in battle he had defeated his terror

At the rising of the sun, as the Norsemen took the road
He lay fearless bleeding out upon the sand
His loved ones faith was justly placed
And the energies of his life were rightly passed
In a struggle that took his whole lifetime to win


from EP 2022, released December 11, 2022


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Lyceum Concord, California

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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