Lyrics: Ethusel


A still dark star against the black sky
Of a night thirteen hundred years late
It cast shrouding shadows upon the dead earth
Of the dead moors of Valdemaran

Where the Valdemar rode the sun never smiled
And the noon of the day was in shadow
And the sky left its tears on the black barren earth
And the dark star of Valdemaran

On a shrine of black pillows Ethusel lay dead
As he had for thirteen centuries
At his feet five crows stood and watched to his keep
And the whisper of time sighed over the hills

Revasona astride her winged white stag
Rode the skies in search of a star
And a serpent entwined about the stag’s head
Tried to reach out and poison her heart

Oh no, cried Revasona you will not go far
Ethusel dies only on earth
And if you do not reach him before it is over
Valdemaran falls into the ocean
Revasona took a thorn and she stabbed the serpent’s eye out
And he fell through the clouds to the land
As she rode on and on through the blazing sky
Her horizons of mountains unsung

It was then that the daylight became the dark night
She recalled what Tessona had said
When the night becomes black and no sound can be heard
You have come to Valdemaran

She found the dark star hanging low in the sky
And she gathered it up in her arms
And she rode to the shrine where Ethusel lay dead
And she placed the dark star to her heart

And the star became bright and it shone on the land
And the shrouds of darkness were gone
And Ethusel standing beside her, Revasona
And the light came to Valdemaran

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