the rape and ruin of angels lyrics – cradle of filth

hosannas in extremis
invading tempestuous skies
when inanna rose, bringing angels repose
and narcissus’ fate as their prize
blinded by diana’s mirror
wherein coffined truth struggles, forlorn
and covetous stars out their eyes to deceive
the horrors performed on her sh*r*s
as jewelled ishtar, in darker aeons
tresp*ssed ereshkigal’s grasp
her ravening twin, wreathed in whispers and wind
now inspires catharsis to dance
through the weave of white vaults
where the shadows revolt
at the incest of spiritual love
castrata choirs, bereft of such l*sts
spatter virginal br**sts with their blood

the iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve
(thirst-ridden) wolves serenade a moon
who seems no mistress of herself
and heavens pour forth vast casualties
thy host given up for me
thou which wert once and then ceased to be
art now ensconced to chapters
of a lengthening tragedy

whilst we scream free

deep forests impale the sinister mist
their sorcery taught to the clouds
who muster like mountains, a fountainous wish
to vex the sweet dead from silk odious shrouds

storm-woken sisters of judas unfurl
as psyche to sapphic lament
wrapt in thy tresses and taloned caresses
whisper me secrets beheld beyond death

desires
i was loath to lose
to the virgin-bloodied priests
whose lord fantasied on magdalene
and sought to savour her as beast

her aching s*x
a rose undone
as mine in tears and spasms wrung

ebon nemesis, slain jericho’s stone
has built thee a marbled stair
by candlelight to eden and a serpentine throne
where ravens rape the tenanting angels there

hurry, else death may spy us here
and quicken the pulse of dawn
embering flames writhe to life again
the starry brow threshed with poisonous th*rn

huntress, draw back the silvered bow
thy dogs set upon the manger
the enemy in throes

whilst drifting fogs devour
all hallows witching hour
on this long, dark seance for the
soul

through malevolent scylla, charybdis graves
our conquesting spirits pour forth, un*ssuaged
occultnesses watch us and seraph, afraid
like fireflies plunge to her maw
midst crashing black waves

remember with pride what thou art
lest we forget in awe of our terrible past

when dark royalties drank of despair
idols hewed down ‘neath a desert god’s stare
in thrall to revenges sworn there
what dreams could we father, when farther we fell
to nightmare?

well versed in misery
we have lain naked in darkest ravines
now the sun has set in slumber
we delight
like serpents in arousal
coiled to strike at the light

now abyssed lucifers master the earth
uncloister jaded harlots once served
enthralled by cruel raptures, rehe*rs*d
kiss slumbered beauty and weapon our thousand year curse

the laughter of khaos
gatekeepers flee the onslaught

hurry, else death may spy us here
and quicken the pulse of dawn
embering flames writhe to life again
the starry brow threshed with poisonous th*rn

huntress, draw back the silvered bow
thy dogs set upon the manger
the enemy in throes

whilst drifting fogs devour
all hallows witching hour
on this long, dark seance for the
soul

a world enslaved to flame
bondage in phall*stine
pleasure temples for my bride
nubian grace swiftly seize
thieves blood-divine
empires thrive on sacrifice

/ cradle of filth lyrics