The Favor Of The Saints

from Empires Vanquished And Dismantled by Mystras

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lyrics

Ten centuries after the coming of Christ
The ruins of Rome are still hanging upon europe
For the Greeks of Byzantium uphold its legacy
Which was built upon their subservience

And although Jove has given his throne to Christ
Roman emperors be still how they always were
And so Isaac II demanded gold for his marriage
From the proud people of the Haemus Mountains

Peter and Asen therefore went to the emperor in Thrace
They asked for land and service to earn the gold that he desired
Yet they were ridiculed as if the mountains and the lakes
And the rivers sprang not water but metallic streams

If Jove himself kneeled to the almighty God, how cοuld
The spirits of the forest make a mighty stand
So the people wondered and fell into despair
Upon hearing Peter and Asen's rebellious calls

Hágios Dēmḗtrios!
You who have endured the countless spears of tyrants
You who saved Thessaloniki with your wondrous miracles
We claim you as our own, for you are the true protector

Hágios Dēmḗtrios!
We raise this mighty church as a memorial
For justice cannot ever be bound to a city or a king
And truth pierces the body of empires like that of a dragon

Thus Peter and Asen built the saint's church in Tarnevo
And stole his favor away from Thessaloniki
The axe of war was raised and Parision was stormed
And Isaac's anger would be crushed upon the fortress of Lovech

So let it be known then to tyrants
That should you lay your hopes to inequity
Your own Gods and Saints will abandon you

And the great empire of Rome, whomever it might worship
Will crumble for the final time soon upon its feet

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from Empires Vanquished And Dismantled, released November 5, 2021

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