The Fall Of The Kingdom Of Jerusalem

from Empires Vanquished And Dismantled by Mystras

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Europe's children have descended into Jerusalem
Through fire and blood they've opened the gates of Heaven
Yet a glory based on atrocity cannot put away the doubts of salvation
Is God not listening to the screams of the innocent?

What better way for conquerors to wash away their sins then
By assuming the role of the Defender
To speak as if they arrived to the sound of trumpets
To protect from the wrath of wretched infidels

Thus noble knights came together throughout the Outremer
To form brotherhoods in servitude to the Kingdom
To care for the poor and sick and to protect the pilgrims, they said
And swear eternal vows to Christendom's dominion

Gold from Europe flooded the banks of monasteries
Of hospitals and of castles high and mighty
For it seems that paradise also lies within earthly grasp

The years passed and generations changed
And the memories faded away

Immerse us in a basin of cold water
Crop our hair as that of holy men
Let my feet touch this hallowed ground
Until they're bloodied up and the dirt solidifies

For Saladin is coming

Thus the two great armies assembled
All that could bear arms in the Kingdom and the Counties
Templars, Hospitalers, soldiers and mercenaries
On the opposite side, the man that united the Muslims

By appealing to their pride he took the westerners
Out of their fortresses into the open fields of Hattin
And there would they see their enemies face to face
To witness their own arrogance translated into total utter ruin

A defeat so loud and thundering
That mere words about it killed the Pope
The dream of the Holy Lands, now destined to fall

And the memories of 1099 began to return
The hushed tones and the guilty frowns of the elders
Of how Jerusalem was taken

Immerse us in a basin of cold water
Crop our hair as that of holy men
Let my feet touch this hallowed ground
Until they're bloodied up and the dirt solidifies

Yet, this time
Can there be a greater irony and insult that
After the clanging of swords and firing of catapults
Those we thought for decades as barbaric creatures
From the hands of whose we needed to wrest the holy lands

Have let us walk away alive
From the walls of Jerusalem

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from Empires Vanquished And Dismantled, released November 5, 2021

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