The Loss And Curse Of Reverence

- Emperor
Released: 2009 Genres: Rock
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Lyric "The Loss And Curse Of Reverence"

The Loss and Curse of Reverence

[Originally released in 1997 on the album "Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk".]

[Lyrics: Ihsahn.]
[Music: Ihsahn & Samoth.]
[Arrangements: Samoth & Ihsahn.]

Memories of torment strikes me.
Attemps were made to suffocate me at birth.
Fools, I was already ancient.
Thou can not kill what breeds within Thee.

Alas, this agony, the emptiness of earthborn pride
hath stirred my faithful heart which guided me to darker paths.
Far away from their pestilent ways
cleansed was I from deceitful grace.

Yet, put to scorn was I
by those unclean.
Enslaved by ignorance
they blindly spat upon
the deity of hate.
Awake is the darkest fiend.

By the fallen one I shall arise.

Upon bewildered masses,
to whom the indulgence of my soul portray as sin made god,
I shall revile and quell the source
whence mockery of my kind derive.

This I know: Facile shalt my quest not come to pass.
Deathwish be my gift to all at last.

Honour. Commended no longer as virtue.
Yet, shalt be extolled by light's demise.

By the fallen one I shall arise.


[Guitar lead.]

speak not to me of justice,
for none have I ever seen.
By God, I shall give as I receive.
speak not to me at all.
You and this world
ripped my fucking heart out.

Again... again... and again...
Again... and again...



Emperor was a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1991, regarded as highly influential by critics and emerging black metal bands. The group disestablished in 2001, but reunited from 2005 to 2007 for a few festival dates and brief US tours, and again reunited in 2013 to 2014. The group was founded by Ihsahn (guitar/vocals) and Samoth (then, drums).