Hell hath it’s mouth opened
And the Pit it’s depths deepened
Downpour of souls into its belly
Death and doom the fate of many.
We looked and looked but never saw
The fiery dagger that flailed us raw;
We heard and heard but never listened
To the gospel that hath men’s feet hastened
To realms of gold, pristine and pure
Of holy of holies, of celestial allure
Did you hear?
The mighty onrush of iniquity’s hooves
As beneath, our souls were thus trampled
Till words caused seas to wave as the mountain moves
And the veil that bade us not to see were thus crumpled.
Did you see?
When the light supreme did shine
And the dark and pestilence that did align
Were by its daggers pierced and slain
And peace and love replaced all the pain.
Down to the depths
and back up we sprang
As melodies angelic
in our hearts rang
Our souls levitate
to the footmat of the gates
Pearly and gold;
the doorman waits
With opened seals and arms abreast.
How can we see when the light still blinds
When the reins we hold serve as chord that binds?
Paradise is splendored with saints and lifel
But the infernal lake with souls and strife
The way up starts beneath where our feet are lain
And there is no freedom without a cast iron chain.
But e’en in the silhouette as we walk through death’s hill
Our bodies are fueled by spritely fires of will
So onward we trudge, the glorious ascent
From whence we came and there is no more descent