The Elegiac Repose

by Valentine Wolfe

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1.
Sin Eater 04:13
Sin Eater I am your sin eater Peccata mundi est Such little sins, Such lovely lies And every horror’s mine I am your sin eater I feast upon your lies You cannot hide what lies inside I taste your every crime Memento mori I am your sin eater You’ve never hurt so good To shed the mess, leave pain behind Inching towards the sublime I am your sin eater For each dark thought you have For every rage you hurl at me It hurts me every time Memento mori I shall eat your filth I shall make you whole I can give you peace Through the pawning of mine own Memento mori
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Taphophilia 05:08
Taphophilia Beyond the veil Mystic shadows What’s waiting for me Poets speculate Religions claim to know Is there a formula Some arcane secret Pertaining to this fear Unknown places How they scare us The secret places Covers up the cracks Inside Who will forget me When I’m gone Don’t grieve for me Don’t weep for me Find some Beauty in this Death Inside this gloom Tainted shadows Are waiting for me Saints pontificate Religion cannot know Forgotten formulas Ritual sacrifice Binding up our fear Encasing madness And it will scare us It will bleed us Will you cover up Will you protect me Who will forget me When I’m gone Covered by the dark Need a candle To light the way for me Will I need to pray To understand this pain Or have these stories Been subversion A beautiful lie How to get out Will I need to pray Will you take away A single story From this tragedy Who will forget me When I’m gone Don’t grieve for me Don’t weep for me Find some Beauty in this Death Don’t pray for me Don’t pray for me Find some Beauty in this Death
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Sorrow for Eternity The sun is setting in the sky The curtain closing on the stage The door is swinging shut at last Sorrow for eternity The void is growing larger This void inside of me No palliative will fill it No love can dull the pain Like a black hole it’s eating All the best parts of me Stumbling towards eternity An empty sea envelopes me Rage and sorrow swirl around Fighting for control My mind and heart grow numb As I know no help will come Beyond this realm I see and hear Where fairy tales abound Entreaties vomit from my lips Each one goes unanswered The sun is setting in the sky The curtain closing on the stage The door is swinging shut at last Sorrow for eternity
4.
Porcelain Creature Treacherous little cracks Villainous twisting cracks Tracing the lie inside Before the healing can begin Something has to break When you think that you are whole But then you find a crack As one crack leads to another You trace that lying path Until the whole facade collapses Then where will we be? But I could have sworn that I was whole Better off than most At least that is what I thought Not I’m not so sure Porcelain creature So beautiful Will you shatter? Will you hold? Before your story can be told I will need some little gift Something you won’t even miss What it is, I think you’ll guess
5.
Melancholy is the Devil’s Bath Melancholy is the Devil’s Bath Best taken in the full light of the moon Once submerged you’ll never be the same Each new day a living misery Melancholy is the Devil’s Bath Try to walk in the left hand path Only then will you be set free From this life of wanton misery I don’t know where these thoughts come from A tiny crack has let so many through I can never push them all back Now I have to live with my mistake You were gone but I can’t blame you All this pain lies at my own door Even if I heard the knocking I was far too lost in the fog Nothing really could have prepared me Some pains cannot lead to relief Some things once they are broken Never can be made whole
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Death and the Maiden This story begins with your funeral Wreaths and mourning ribbons Bedeck the coal black horses The cortege rides in silence Until the gray fog descended Not a sound was heard Nor did a whisper shatter The stillness of your shroud And then the strains were felt loud A mournful plaintive chant Choirs like ravens fighting Scratching upon mine ear A maiden wept at your funeral A maiden beheld by Death Her tears of grief sweet perfection Death marked her for his own Years burned away as pages thrown to flame Each bitter season bringing fresh defeat The maiden diminished every hour Death marked her for his own Alone and scribbling at his desk Asylum walls have locked him in In his dreamworld he is free He bends his mind back to the page The sacred page Wilt thou go with me, sweet maid, Say, maiden, wilt thou go with me Through the valley-depths of shade, Of night and dark obscurity; Where the path has lost its way, Where the sun forgets the day, Where there's nor life nor light to see, Sweet maiden, wilt thou go with me! Maiden wilt thou go…? Where stones will turn to flooding streams, Where plains will rise like ocean waves, Where life will fade like visioned dreams And mountains darken into caves, Say, maiden, wilt thou go with me Through this sad non-identity, Where parents live and are forgot, And sisters live and know us not! Maiden wilt thou go…? Say, maiden; wilt thou go with me In this strange death of life to be, To live in death and be the same, Without this life or home or name, At once to be and not to be - That was and is not -yet to see Things pass like shadows, and the sky Above, below, around us lie? Entreaties have stopped up his tongue A tremor at the sight of her One last glimpse, his final wish Alone at last now he can die White becomes her Pale laces flutter Vestments chosen to endure Craven kisses Torn from her red lips Hotter than a thousand stars Death will come for you, maiden Faster than a raven’s wing Sadder than a lover’s lie And when it comes, it will last forever Gather your rosebuds Hide from the light There is not safety within these shadows Ave Maria So she prayed the maiden’s prayer But no answer did she receive No surcease for her sufferings As the nights grew colder The stars shone ever dimmer Her prayers grew choked on her lips They turned to roses in her mouth She learned to savor the taste So bitter yet beautiful Black night opening to her She reveled in the mystery She could taste the velvet promise The maiden grew more lovely Eyes wide open to the dark Now trusting in the knowledge The shadows draped around her Say, maiden; wilt thou go with me In this strange death of life to be, To live in death and be the same, Without this life or home or name, At once to be and not to be - That was and is not -yet to see Things pass like shadows, and the sky Above, below, around us lie? Maiden wilt thou go….? The maiden and Death intertwined at last Forever to lie as one Breathing in the other life Within your silken coffin Years burn away as pages turn to flame Stories changing before they can be told Will you who have ears listen to my tale? Will you unlock these mysteries? This story ends with your funeral Wreaths and mourning ribbons Bedeck the coal black horses The cortege departs in silence
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Now my charms are all o'erthrown, And what strength I have’s mine own, Which is most faint. Now, ’tis true, I must be here confined by you, Or sent to Naples. Let me not, Since I have my dukedom got And pardoned the deceiver, dwell In this bare island by your spell, But release me from my bands With the help of your good hands. Gentle breath of yours my sails Must fill, or else my project fails, Which was to please. Now I want Spirits to enforce, art to enchant, And my ending is despair, Unless I be relieved by prayer, Which pierces so that it assaults Mercy itself and frees all faults. As you from crimes would pardoned be, Let your indulgence set me free.
9.
Last Kiss 04:41
Last Kiss Last kiss Soft touch Gentle storm Heralding Shadowy Billowing Mind is caving in Changes without end Shadows cannot enter The places I have built for you Hide with me Escape this world We won’t have to say goodbye Never ever say goodbye Hide with me Escape this world We will never ever have to say goodbye again What if time is slipping by? Rushing past me at full force Like the grains of sands that slip Through the fingers of the poet What if I was not the one? The one to beat your demons back I failed you I let you down Still you let me stay by you Still you held me in the dark You helped me To find my way Who will ever help me find my way out of here now?

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released August 26, 2017

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Valentine Wolfe Greenville, South Carolina

Two morbidly fascinated musicians combining ambient solo bass, brutal distortion, electronica, and 18th century opera to tell a story of the macabre.

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