Prince Rupert Awakes

Album: Lizard (1970)
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  • Prince Rupert Awakes
    Farewell the temple master's bells
    His kiosk and his black worm seed
    Courtship solely of his word
    With Eden guaranteed
    For now Prince Rupert's tears of glass
    Make saffron sabbath eyelids bleed
    Scar the sacred tablet of wax
    On which the Lizards feed

    Wake your reason's hollow vote
    Wear your blizzard season coat
    Burn a bridge and burn a boat
    Stake a Lizard by the throat

    Go Polonius or kneel
    The reapers name their harvest dawn
    All your tarnished devil's spoons
    Will rust beneath our corn
    Now bears Prince Rupert's garden roam
    Across his rain tree shaded lawn
    Lizard bones become the clay
    And there a Swan is born

    Wake your reasons' hollow vote
    Wear your blizzard season coat
    Burn a bridge and burn a boat
    Stake a Lizard by the throat

    Gone soon Piepowder's moss-weed court
    Round which upholstered Lizards sold
    Visions to their leaden flock
    Of rainbows' ends and gold
    Now tales Prince Rupert's peacock brings
    Of walls and trumpets thousand fold
    Prophets chained for burning masks
    And reels of dreams unrolled

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