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​A Greater Burning of Innocence

This song is by Virgin Steele and appears on the album Nocturnes of Hellfire & Damnation (2015).

In the Cool Uncertain Twilight
Where everything proceeds
A Final Salutation... if memory perceives...
A Train of Ancient Magick a Lioness enraged
A covering of kindness... a Veil of crimson pain...

Who came this Night of Madness
Of pain and misery?
Who asked the fatal question
That offended your Divinity?
Who washed the Blood of Springtime
In Shades of Somber Blue?
Was it you... was it you???
A greater burning of innocence
Was never seen before or since
A Vast Unfolding Fragrance
Of Wind and Suffering
Who came this Night of Madness,
Brought us pain and misery
Was it you... was it you...?
In the Cool Uncertain Twilight...
Where everything proceeds...

All is Dark and Cold within the Temple...
Ashes where the incense used to stand...
Candles gutted, dust falls on the Altar...
The Sacred Fire... is dead within these Halls...

Who came this Night of Madness
Of pain and misery?
Who asked the fatal question
That destroyed Divinity?
Who washed the Blood of Springtime
In Shades of Somber Blue?
Was it you... was it you???
A greater burning of innocence
Was never seen before or since
The Last Conflagration of Wind and Suffering
Who came this Night of Magick
Brought us pain and misery
Was it you??? It was you!

Rise the Wind, search for the moment...
I see it Shining just out of reach
We didn't know it then, we couldn't see the Signs
The last open Door
Who holds the Key, who knows the Way?
The Thief or the Whore?

We asked for mercy retribution summoned you
We asked for mercy retribution... summoned you.

The World is yours just for a moment
The World is yours just for one Day
A Season in Heaven a moment in the Sun...
A Season in Heaven an Eternity in Hell...
We asked for mercy retribution...
Summoned you... summoned you...
You'll never understand how much I hate thee...
Why?
Everything is gone...